The Department of Conservation's decision to allow helicopter landings at a remote Fiordland mountain plateau to increase from 10 to 70 a day was ``contrary to law'', the Ombudsman has found. After Federated Mountain Clubs (FMC) laid an official complaint, Ombudsman Leo Donnelly yesterday ordered Doc to cancel the extra landings. Doc must also report regularly on how it reduces the number of landings to an acceptable level. ``FMC always knew that Doc was wrong in granting the extra landings, but it is satisfying to have it declared unlawful. Mr Wilson said it was the second such ruling by the Ombudsman in recent years over faulty Doc decision-making.
Source: Otago Daily Times April 24, 2018 16:52 UTC