Signs created by Te Kopuru artist David Sarich, opposing the Tegel broiler chicken farm, have been erected near the proposed site at Arapohue.
The signs are Mr Sarich’s contribution to the Kaipara Community Association Incorporated’s fight against the proposed poultry farm.
“This development if it goes ahead will permanently scar the landscape and for generations to come,” said David.
“We need to stand up and honestly say ‘no’ to industrialised mega-farming in our communities. This should not be in anyone’s backyard.”
The Kaipara Community Association Incorporated is opposing Tegel’s application to site New Zealand’s biggest-ever broiler chicken factory, housing more than nine million chickens a year for the export market. The group is currently fundraising for the resource consents hearing on August 8 at the Lighthouse Function Centre.
The signs follow the news that consent was granted in February for Tegel to install eight groundwater bores on or near the site — processed separately as a non-notified application prior to the chicken farm application.
Northland Regional Council says this was consistent with the Resource Management Act. Tegel has made a separate application for consent to take 63,250 cubic metres of water daily, as the amount exceeds the volume allowed by the Regional Water and Soil Plan for Northland.
Kapehu Marae is also opposed as the farm’s boundary would be only five metres from the marae wharenui and about 350m from the urupa.