May 25, 2018
Fletcher Residential proud historic stonefields have extended protection
In reply to the story "Ihumatao keeps occupation flame burning", Steve Evans, CEO Residential and Land Development, Fletcher Building has this statement;
Fletcher Building’s land is nothing like Bastion Point. This land has been privately owned and heavily cultivated for more than 150 years, has already been covered by a Treaty of Waitangi settlement, and Auckland Council has indicated it does not want it.
The argument being used by detractors is essentially arguing that any privately held land is now able to be renegotiated.
Local iwi have made it clear to us that SOUL does not represent them and that they support the new neighbourhood we are planning, and we share their disappointment that commentators have not considered the iwi’s voice in this matter.
Similarly, the UN has now indicated it is satisfied that there is no need to adjust the process which Fletcher have undertaken to try and deliver much needed housing on this site in Auckland.
The historic stonefields are already protected by a 100ha park, and we are proud that protection will be further extended with the relinquishment of 25 per cent of Fletcher Building’s land including the area above the existing lava cave.
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