Environmentalists calling for tenure review before Shania Twain's plans for multi-million dollar mansion near Wanaka go any further
17 May 2005
Environmentalists say Shania Twain's Wanaka house plans should not be given the green light, until the land has undergone a tenure review.
The country music superstar bought 25,000 hectares of crown pastoral leasehold land last year.
She has applied for consent to build a multi-million dollar house on the high country station.
Upper Clutha Environmental Society president Julian Haworth says without a tenure review, it is impossible to know the effects of the development.
He says consenting to the site would set a precedent, allowing other wealthy people to build mansions in areas classed as outstanding natural landscape.
A planner has recommended the Queenstown Lakes Council reject the house site, because it does not fit in with the environment.
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