March 25, 2019
Marae protest delays wharf toilet plan
Te Taitokerau MP and Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis has welcomed the decision by Far North Holdings delay proposed wharf development at Russell until it consults more with tangata whenua.
Kororāreka marae trustees oppose the development because it involves putting a toilet over water.
Mr Davis says it’s an issue that can be divisive, and the Far North District Council-owned company seems to be taking the right approach.
"If people have toilet tanks on their boats, then there is already sewage on the water, if you put it like that. I think we need to find out what is going to work for the local community of Russell. there does need to be talk and consultation around it and we have to make sure what is right for the environment is front and foremost," he says.
Far North Holdings will next month start other work planned for the wharf, funded by the Provincial Growth Fund, but the cafe and toilets are on hold until a new community trust is set up to co-manage the wharf.
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