Nevis River hearing resumes today

GRANT BRYANT IN QUEENSTOWN
Last updated 11:07 05/11/2012

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The Environment Court hearing on whether the Nevis River should be allowed to be dammed for hydro-electric power generation will resume in Queenstown at 11.30 this morning.

The hearing, originally earmarked for three weeks, began two weeks ago but has had a week-long break.

The hearing is entering a cross-examination phase today and anglers and kayakers who use the river will take the stand for questioning.

Last year, Pioneer Energy went to the High Court to try to prevent Fish and Game from presenting evidence on native fish.

The energy company's bid failed and Fish and Game is now free to present evidence on the ill-effects damming would have on the rare native fish, the gollum galaxiid - which can only be found in the Nevis and its tributaries.

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