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Controversial application to pull millions of litres a day from Blue Spring withdrawn

The company behind a controversial application to take 6.9 million litres of water a day from Putaruru's Blue Spring to send offshore has withdrawn its application.

NZ Pure Blue Springs Ltd told the Waikato Regional Council this morning that it would not be going ahead with the resource consent application, a council spokesman confirmed.

The application has been pulled just prior the October 16 deadline when the company was asked for written approval from Raukawa, deemed to be an affected party, in order for the consent to be non-notified.

Raukawa had already confirmed it would not give written approval. Raukawa Settlement Trust chairwoman Vanessa Eparaima said at the time that it had sent a very clear message that the application or its proposed activity was not wanted in the area.

The decision to withdraw the application reflected a broad opposition to the proposal, she said today.

"Raukawa formed the view that the potential benefits of the proposal did not outweigh the significant impacts the application would have on Te Puna.

"The conversation around water is a very important one for Raukawa. Water is a taonga that we have a duty to protect for this and future generations."

Eparaima said while Raukawa supported and encouraged endeavours which brought value to the region and its communities and which had potential to bring much-needed jobs and economic development, it could not support those which came at the expense of the environment and natural taonga.

"We had major concerns with the potential impact upon Te Puna with the levels of water being taken, and concern that as a nation we are not managing water sustainably, and access to clean and safe water and its importance for all New Zealanders.

"Our marae, uri and Kaumātua sent a very clear message that the application and its proposed activity was not wanted in the area. The decision by NZ Pure Blue Springs Limited showed the company had heard these concerns and the strong opposition across the community.

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