October 25, 2018
Council ready to move on Te Mata track
Hastings District Council intends to use special powers under the Resource Management Act to restore the top part of a controversial track up the side of Te Mata Peak.
The track was built by Craggy Range Winery and drew immediate fire from Ngāti Kahungunu because of the significance of the landmark in the iwi's history.
The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed the council's intention but says it needs to go further.
Chief executive Gary Taylor says the track needs to be removed in its entirety or it will continue to be a safety hazard.
EDS would be willing to consider withdrawing its High Court proceedings once the track is removed and the site restored, giving the council clear air in which to engage with its wider community, especially local iwi and kaitiaki, over the future planning regime for Te Mata and environs.
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