A Te Anau farmer whose land has been flooded twice by water
backing up in the Upukerora River says he is pleased
Environment Southland is spending $40,000 on urgent work to
remove accumulated gravel from the river's lower reaches.
Federated Farmers has labelled Environment Southland's dairy
differential rate ''a blatant environmental tax'' which has
nothing to do with recognising the costs the council incurs
as a result of dairying.