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Other Coastlines - Te Arai / Mangawhai
Written by The Bay Chronicle / Northland Stuff   
Saturday, 14 October 2006

The contractors and project managers responsible for illegal earthworks for a subdivision road across largely erosion-prone Mangawhai land have been fined a total of $72,500.

Environment Court Judges LJ Newhook and BP Dwyer sentenced the four defendants in the Whangarei District Court last month and released their sentencing notes recently.

The case brings a warning, says Northland Regional Council acting monitoring manager Riaan Elliot, who says the sentences reflect the seriousness of the offending.

Northland is notorious for sudden heavy downpours at any time of year and all earthworks sites need to be secured against such events at all times.

He says it drives home a number of important points, including the responsibility of all parties to meet legal requirements.

"Contractors, operators and other professionals need to take note that not only are companies liable for offences, but so too are the individuals actively involved in such projects, right down to the digger operator."

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