31 Oct 2013

Critical reports not public, say monorail opponents

9:42 am on 31 October 2013

An opposition group wants Conservation Minister Nick Smith to think deeply before making a decision on the contentious Fiordland monorail project.

Both the Department of Conservation and an independent commissioner have recommended the $250 million project go ahead but Dr Smith has yet to make a final call.

Save Fiordland chairman Bill Jarvie says several independent reports commissioned by the department are highly critical of the project, but the reports have not been made publicly available.

He says there are fears Dr Smith is just repeating the words of the monorail applicant, when there are a lot of unknowns and more information is needed.

Mr Jarvie says there is a danger that once the applicant starts the process he will be asking for far looser conditions.