December 10, 2019
Owairaka protest group settles in as legal action filed
A leader of Honour the Maunga says her group is settling in to Owairaka-Mount Albert for the long term.
It’s now a month since the group barricaded the entrance to the mountain to prevent contractors removing 345 pest trees.
Anna Radford says while she supports the long term vision of the Tūpuna Maunga Authority to reforest all the region’s volcanic cones, the representatives of Auckland’s mana whenua iwi are going about it the wrong way and failed to properly consult.
"The community, Māori, and Pakeha and other cultures, were never actually asked what our views were on taking out all the exotic trees off all of Auckland's volcanic cones. Clearly from what's unfolding here it's going to happen on other volcanic cones. We've already had other communities reaching out to us saying 'we don't want this happening in our communities either,'" she says.
Anna Radford welcomed news an application has been filed by private individuals for judicial review of the Tūpuna Maunga Authority’s decision.
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