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