November 28, 2017
Motorway threat to Manukau edge lingers
Ngati Whatua Orakei is calling on the Government to withdraw consents for Auckland’s East West Link.
Despite the new Government saying the $2 billion project is a non-starter, the Environmental Protection Authority approved its resource consent.
Ngati Whatua’s Ngarimu Blair says that consent has a 15 year life, meaning culturally and ecological areas from Penrose to Onehunga will continue to be at risk from a future government unless the project is formally killed.
"I always knew that history would be on our side on this one, that we were holding on to our matapono, our tikanga, the mana of the harbour first, that’s what we held on to along with Makaurau Marae and Te Kawerau a Maki," he says.
Mr Blair says the New Zealand Transport Authority seems to be pushing ahead despite the change of Government and the opposition from many of the mana whenua iwi.
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