RadioNZ National reports that the Department of Conservation accepted $175,000 from Meridian Energy in return for not opposing Meridian Energy’s Project Hayes windfarm in Central Otago.
Morning Report’s news quoted DOC’s Otago Conservator Jeff Connell saying it would have been inappropriate to oppose the project when the previous government supported it.
A government department took $175,000 from a State Owned Enterprise for not doing something it felt would be inappropriate?
Isn’t accepting a greenmail payment at least as inappropriate especially when it is basing its view on political considerations not environmental ones?
UPDATE: The Morning Report story is now on-line here