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Council inquiry `will muddy the waters'

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/08/2016

The investigation launched by Hawke's Bay Regional Council into issues around water security should be taken over by Attorney-General Chris Finlayson, the Greens say.

Water spokeswoman Catherine Delahunty says there's a conflict of interest and the investigation must be independent.

The regional council announced its investigation on Thursday after suggesting Hastings District Council may have hidden evidence that the security of water bores was to blame for the contamination that has caused 4000 people to fall ill with gastro.

"Hawkes Bay Regional Council has a clear conflict of interest here, and it's unhelpful that it has chosen to muddy the waters with its own pre-emptive attempt at an investigation," Ms Delahunty said on Friday.

"The regional council is responsible for water quality in the Tukituki River and the aquifer that feeds Havelock North's water supply ... It must stand aside."

The government isn't likely to be interested.

It has launched its own independent inquiry into the contamination, and on Thursday Local Government Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga said he wasn't going to intervene in the regional council's investigation.

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