A ''vile'' smell has been blowing through Waikouaiti the past
few days, triggering an investigation by the Otago Regional
The smell was described by one southern Waikouaiti resident,
who did not want to be named, as ''overwhelming'' and enough
to make people gag.
''It's rank. There is just this overwhelming smell throughout
It was first noticed on Monday and the southwesterly appeared
to be pushing the odour across the town, rather than away
from it, she said.
The council's pollution line had received two complaints of
odour in the town, alleging it might come from the Mainland
A council staff member said staff would investigate the
complaints today by visiting the site, to determine if the
odour was coming from the farm.
If it was not, they would look for other possible causes.
Mainland Poultry representatives could not be contacted