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This week the Environment Court is conducting hearings for the O2NL consent process. Lonnie Dalzell from Waka Kotahi presented their proposal for resource consent.

Affected parties presented evidence or concerns.

As the chair of the Horowhenua New Zealand Trust, Antony Young represented the trust’s opinion on the process to the court in the HDC chambers.

This is what he said:

“One frosty morning in June 2021, Frank and Karen Slobbe left their home in Foxton Beach just after 5am. They were excited about attending a motorcycle enthusiast convention in the South Island. Riding their Ducati, they planned to catch the ferry in Wellington. Frank and Karen never made it there. They were struck by a car in Manakau near Kuku East Rd at about 5.35am. A man was driving his work car north when he thought he saw a pair of headlights turning across his lane.