Dust and a pungent smell drifting from a ship containing cotton seed drew complaints yesterday.
Resident Bronwyn Wells said the smell and dust were quite bad.
Although she said port cargo did not usually emit pollution, what happened yesterday concerned her.
"It's not good for anyone to breathe in, is it?" she said. "We are being told by the council not to burn wood fires to save the air and then this happens."
PrimePort chief executive Jeremy Boys said cotton seed was not a type of cargo usually brought into the port.
- The Timaru Herald