November 14, 2013
Green light for Te Uri o Hau development
Northland hapu Te Uri o Hau is looking forward to developing housing and a world class golf course at its land at Te Arai Point, south of Mangawhai.
Auckland Council hearings commissioners have approved the development on land bought for the purpose as part of the hapu’s 2002 treaty settlement.
The original plan for hundreds of houses has been reduced to just 46 house sites, and 172 hectares or coastal land will be offered to Auckland Council for a conservation reserve.
Settlement trust chief executive Deborah Harding says the past 10 years has been extremely frustrating as the hapu has battled objectors who used the presence of threatened shorebirds in the dunes to block progress.
She says kaitiakitanga has always been a part of the plan, and Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust will be reaching out to its critics.
"We want to work strongly with them around what their issues are. We actually have got a lot of mutual environmental outcomes. We have to then go for the resource consents for the subdivision, the gifting land to the council, but it makes it a whole lot more positive when you know that the plan change is giving us the green light to get started on the development. We are really looking forward to it," Ms Harding says.
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