Court directs urgent action to save fairy tern

By: Craig Powell

The Environment Court has ruled that a weir installed by developer Te Arai North Limited (TANL) threatens the food source of New Zealand’s most endangered bird species, despite repeated denials by TANL.

TANL has long denied that a weir it installed across Te Arai stream, originally to facilitate the extraction of water for the exclusive Tara Iti golf course, adversely affected the survival of the New Zealand fairy tern.

But the New Zealand Fairy Tern Charitable Trust maintains the weir restricts the passage of fish, particularly inanga, upstream. This, in turn, risks wiping out the fairy tern which depend on the fish for food.

There are estimated to be less than 40 fairy terns in existence. ... read more

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