March 31, 2015
Rules protecting Aucklands heritage
Auckland Mayor Len Brown says rules requiring iwi to be consulted when waahi tapu and heritage sites are affected by development are working well.
The rules in the draft unitary plan provoked a well-organised uproar when they were announced.,
But only 300 of the 10,000 resource consent applications over the past year triggered the use of the facilitation service, and Mana Whenua asked for a cultural impact assessment in only 36 of those cases.
Mr Brown says Aucklanders should be pleased the city’s heritage is protected.
" These matters often go back to 900 years of residential habitation. It's a normal part of urban life in any other part of the city, that you look back over the history and then try and respect that history. And that is really what these sites of cultural significance do. So important work and work that's going very well " says Len Brown.
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