Court date for hearing

The Environment Court will begin a two-day hearing of a Hawea Flat land dispute in the Queenstown Court on March 24.

The hearing is the result of an enforcement order obtained from the court by the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society on March 3.

The society objected to the ploughing of the 590ha area of land above the Clutha River at South Hawea Flat, near Wanaka.

Canterbury West Coast field officer Jen Miller told the Otago Daily Times a pre-hearing conference between the parties was held on Thursday.

The action the society has taken is against Dugald Innes, who is understood to have a right to purchase the land in question from Big River Paradise Ltd.

Neighbour James Cooper is listed in court documents as an interested party.

- mark.price@odt.co.nz