September 23, 2019
Davidson puts heat on council over Ihumātao SHA
Greens co-leader Marama Davidson says Auckland Council needs to be part of any solution to the Ihumātao stand-off.
Mayor Phil Goff has ruled out the council buying the disputed land off Fletcher Residential, and pointed out it has already bought the neighbouring Ōtuataua Stonefields as a regional park and is in the process of adding an additional 10 hectare reserve.
Finance Minister Grant Robertson also talked to Fletcher last Friday as the company tries to figure out what its next step can be, but so far the Government has shown no appetite for pulling out its chequebook.
Ms Davidson says the people blockading the site won't leave until a resolution is found that everyone can live with.
She believes the answer lies in central and local government taking responsibility.
"It’s a good opportunity here for our country to face up to its history, correct the wrongs of the past and work together for an innovative solution. I think the local council also needs to step up and take some responsibility for being the big levers in allowing for the special housing consent to go ahead on this land," Ms Davidson says.
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