Thirty years ago, the Labour government of the day sent
groups of scientists off on a mission. They were asked to
find the parts of the landscape that still reflected the way
New Zealand was before people began making changes. One of
the Recommended Areas for Protection (RAPs) they came up with
was a 590ha area of land above the Clutha River at South
Hawea Flat, near Wanaka. Last month that RAP went under the
plough. Mark Price reports.