We’ve just received word that one of the members of the Basin “Bridge” Board of Inquiry has resigned. Here is the official statement from the Board’s website:

“Mrs Christine Foster has given consideration to the objections raised alleging conflict of interest. Mrs Foster has, in the interests of the Board and process, offered her resignation to the Minister for the Environment. The Minister has accepted the resignation. The Board has decided to ask the EPA to seek the Minister’s consideration of appointing a replacement Board member.”

This is the Board’s Memorandum on the issue (PDF):

http://www.epa.govt.nz/Publications/Memorandum_No.09_-_Resignation_of_Mrs_Foster.pdf

It appears that all is not plain sailing for this particular Board of Inquiry.

UPDATE: Wellington Scoop has more on the background to this story: http://wellington.scoop.co.nz/?p=60466

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