April 24, 2019
Mayor defends Shelly Bay development
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says he’s standing with mana whenua against film mogul Sir Peter Jackson.
The King Kong director has attacked the mayor and council for the way it is handing a resource consent application from developer The Wellington Company to build more than 300 apartments and townhouses on a former defence force base at Shelly Bay.
Mr Lester says the land is now owned by the Port Nicholson Settlement Trust representing Taranaki Whānui.
"Mana whenua own that land. They purchased that land from the crown. They are legally entitled, with their natural property rights, to do something with it. As long as it complies with legislation, appropriate legislation, I will be supporting them all the way," he says.
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