March 19, 2018
New Government gets Ihumatao challenge
A group protesting Fletchers Residential’s planned 480 home development at Ihumatao hopes its third appearance before a United Nations committee will get some action.
Save Our Unique Landscape spokesperson Pania Newton will present this week to the UN’s human rights council in Geneva.
She says the group want the Government to rectify the mistakes of the previous Government in allowing the development of a site with significant historical, cultural and archaeological values.
The land bordering the Otuataua Stonefields beside the Manukau Harbour was made a Special Housing Area in 2014, with the National-led Government and Auckland Council ripping up previous plans to give the land heritage protection.
Justice Minister Andrew Little is also heading to Switzerland to attend the council, which is considering New Zealand’s compliance with the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
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