July 22, 2020
Compromise needed to find Ihumaatao fix
Māori Development Minister and Hauraki Waikato MP Nanaia Mahuta says everyone is going to have to compromise to achieve a settlement of the stand-off at Ihumaatao.
The Government has been looking at options including using housing or heritage to justify acquiring the land from Fletcher Residential, whose plans for a 480-home development have been stymied by occupiers for the past year.
Save our Unique Landscape, which is leading the blockade, is opposed to any housing at all on the land, which lies between the Ihumaatao village on the fringe of Auckland Airport and the Ōtuataua Stonefields Reserve.
Ms Mahuta says the Government has been working to find a different solution, including working with the Kiingitanga to coordinate a response from mana whenua.
"We would hope that we will get some resolution but it is a challenging space and we are mindful we don't want to set precedents. We've always said that. And we are mindful it is important to ensure whatever way forward we go, there will be a level of compromise from every party. Everyone has to understand the impacts of that," she says.
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