September 10, 2014
Iwi at table as council eyes development
The chair of the Port Nicholson Settlement Trust says Taranaki Whanui won’t be left behind when the Mirimar area is developed.
At the weekend the trust signed a memorandum of understanding with the crown and Wellington City Council covering Te Motu Kairanga or Watts Peninsula, the northern part of the harbour suburb.
Neville Baker says tangata whenua were not originally part of the agreement, but the trust insisted on joining because of historic iwi connections to the area and its ownership of the former Shelly Bay defence base.
He says the area is important to the city’s economy.
"A number of initiatives have come out of the fact that filmmaker Peter Jackson has a number of initiaitves that have put that peninsla into recognition, both nationally and internationally, and we need to be part of all those developments," Mr Baker says.
The Wellington City Council yesterday discussed key economic projects it wants to include in its 10-year plan, including enhancing Miramar as a centre for the film industry and other creative work.
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