Farm company convicted of dirty dairying


A West Coast company, Moir Farms Maimai Ltd, was convicted in the Greymouth District Court last week after admitting seven dirty dairying charges.
The summary of facts was not read to the court because the company had initially been charged in conjunction with company director Stuart Keith Moir, but the West Coast Regional Council has withdrawn the charges against Mr Moir and a new summary of facts is being prepared.
The charges relate to illegal and unconsented works in the bed of an unnamed tributary of Casolis Creek, in the upper Grey Valley, by the construction of an extra effluent treatment pond in the period May-September 2012, and illegal discharges of effluent to land and water.
Council consents and compliance manager Jackie Adams said tests showed that the farm discharges led to a massive increase of e.coli and high levels of ammonia.
The company will be sentenced on October 30.