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High Court proceedings over track on Hawke’s Bay landmark

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) will file proceedings in the High Court at Napier, challenging the decision-making process that led to Craggy Range Vineyards building a track across the face of Te Mata Peak.

The proceedings name Hastings District Council and Craggy Range Vineyards as first and second defendants. Waimarama Marae is supporting the case.

EDS will argue that the decision to approve the track was unlawful and will seek an order for its removal.

“We are filing these proceedings because it has become clear that we can no longer rely on the earlier assurances of Craggy Range Vineyards that it would remove the track,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor.

The proceedings will be formally filed on Friday 6 July 2018. Barrister Rob Enright and inhouse solicitor Madeleine Wright are acting for EDS.

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