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    Lost its nerve

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      They're accusing it of failing in its duty after it scrapped a comprehensive draft submission on a proposed dam and instead put in a two paragraph report to a board of inquiry that's deciding whether it should be built.

      Labour and the Greens say Conservation Minister Nick Smith influenced its decision, although he has told parliament he didn't.

      The $265 million Ruataniwha Water Scheme would see an 83-metre high dam store 91 million cubic metres of water in the upper Makaroro River so it could be used to irrigate 30,000 hectares of farmland.

      The draft submission warned the dam could make nearby rivers toxic and kill native fish species.

      Forest and Bird advocacy manager Kevin Hackwell says the department is no longer doing its job properly and has lost its nerve in recent years because of political pressure.

      He says it has stopped engaging in major environmental issues and the dam is a prime example.

      "The fact that it just put in a two paragraph submission is ridiculous," he said on Radio New Zealand on Friday.

      "Other government departments were putting in significant submissions - why wasn't DoC?"

      The Hawke's Bay manager of Fish and Game, Peter McIntosh, says the department has let New Zealanders down.

      He's also criticising the Hawke's Bay Regional Council, which he says has a conflict of interest.

      "The council is the gamekeeper and the poacher - they're promoting the scheme but they're also the regulatory authority that's meant to be looking after the environment."

      Dr Smith says he never saw the draft report and had asked for a briefing on the proposed dam because he didn't have much information about it.

      He met officials but denies influencing the decision to scrap it.

      The department's deputy director-general, Doris Johnston, is backing the minister and says he only saw the final, two paragraph submission.

      She says the draft was "just an internal document" and it would have cost about $200,000 to produce a full submission.

      The department decided it wasn't worth it.

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