Council orders review of Ruataniwha scheme

7:02 pm on 9 November 2016

The Hawke's Bay Regional Council has ordered an independent review of the controversial $900 million Ruataniwha water storage project.

The proposed Ruataniwha Dam would be built on this site in Hawke's Bay.

The proposed Ruataniwha Dam would be built on this site in Hawke's Bay. Photo: RNZ / Peter Fowler

At a meeting this afternoon, councillors voted to commission a review of key contractual, economic and environmental elements of the Ruataniwha Dam.

The review will include the implications of the council pulling out of the project, with a majority now questioning if it should go ahead.

The council's investment company, HBRIC, which is developing the dam, told the meeting it would welcome such a review.

HBRIC said court action over the proposed dam site was likely to take some months and there was enough time to conduct a review.

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