March 27, 2017
Auckland Council wahi tapu search
Auckland Council wants to increase the number of places of significance to mana whenua included in the city’s planning system.
Earlier this month the High Court ruled against Auckland’s Independent Statutory Maori Board’s attempt to overturn a council decision to drop a schedule of more than 3000 sites of sites of value for mana whenua from the Unitary Plan.
Planning committee chair Chris Darby says that still leaves the higher category to be dealt with.
The Auckland Unitary Plan now contains 75 sites and places of significance to mana whenua, and Mr Darby says the council wants to make a plan change to add another 270 sites which aren’t adequately protected through existing planning rules.
The sites were identified over the past thee years by the 19 mana whenua groups working closely with the council’s heritage team.
Before a plan change is drafted the council will collate archaeological and historical information for the nominated sites will engage with mana whenua and landowners.
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