Nearly 100 people have protested against plans to build New Zealand's biggest chicken farm next to a marae, just south of Dargaville. Tegel Foods is seeking resource consents to raise nine million chickens a year on land that's currently dairy farm at Arapahoe. The farm would be within 350m of Kāpehu marae, angering locals who marched down the main street of Dargaville today to the Kaipara District Council building.
One of the protesters, Kerry Wilson, said locals felt blindsided. "It's been kept quiet up until maybe two weeks ago, it's going to pollute our air. It's going to be a thing that's going to be a detriment to generations to come." The council has given the public one month to give feedback and make submissions on the proposal but local resident, Rosie Donovan, said that was not enough time.
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