September 30, 2019
Owners picket as Pāpāmoa whenua exploited
Shareholders and trustees are at odds over mining of sand from whenua at Pāpāmoa and plans for development of a mini-city on the block.
Shareholders today picketed Tumu Kaituna 14 at the southern end of Pāpāmoa to protest the trustees' application for a new resource consent, tripling the amount of sand to be taken.
Spokesperson Renee Kiriona says it has been hard for shareholders to monitor the land, but photos from an owner who got onto the land and from Google Earth revealed three huge holes filled with contaminated water.
"Regional Council is looking into whether or not the consents had been abided by but no, it was recently found, as a result of pushing them to investigate, that the consent conditions aren't being met, but everyone seems to be dragging their feet," she says.
Ms Kiriona says the mining issue came up in the course of research into the trustees' plans to change the land to general title so it and neighbouring blocks can be developed into housing, shopping malls and industrial areas.
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