May 31, 2018
Group tries to heal Te Mata wound
Hastings District Council is trying to dampen down the controversy over the track it allowed to be built up the side of a sacred mountain by bringing the various parties together to look for solutions.
The Te Mata Track Reference Group includes representatives from Craggy Range Winery, Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, Te Taiwhenua O Heretaunga, Te Mata Park Trust, Te Mata Peak Peoples’ Track Society, Waimarama Maori Committee, and the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.
Ngati Kahungunu had earlier complained about the racist nature of much of the comment on the issue.
Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst says the members of the reference group are showing real leadership in trying to forge a community consensus on how to resolve issues associated with the track.
Actual decisions on the fate of the track built by Craggy Range Winery will be made by a council-appointed project team, which is to assess cultural and landscape values and investigate engineering, ecological, geological and statutory issues.
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