7 Sep 2012

Maori angry rubbish transfer station granted consent

8:05 pm on 7 September 2012

Residents of a Rotorua suburb are angry that consent has been granted for a rubbish transfer station near their marae, homes and school.

An independent commissioner has granted the Transpacific Industries Group consent to build the station on the corner of Te Ngae Road and Hamiora Place in Ngapuna which will handle up to 30,000 tonnes of rubbish a year.

Hariata Tapiata is principal of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Whakarewarewa, less than 2km from the site, and is worried that Ngapuna childen at her school will be labelled the "dump kids".

Ms Tapiata says the transfer station is also within a circle of four marae of closely related whanau and likens it to having a rubbish bin put in your lounge.

The facility also within 100m of a popular ngawha (hot pool) and only 200m from some homes and Ms Tapiata is worried it will create a smell, attracting insects and rodents.

Local Maori are planning to join other groups to appeal against the decision to the Environment Court.

The transfer station will take commercial and industrial, construction and demolition, and household and garden waste.

The consent includes a permit to discharge contaminants to air that are normally associated with a rubbish transfer station.

Thirty vehicles are expected to visit the site on weekdays and 45 on weekend days.

The site used to house a service station, truck stop and equipment hire firm.