April 27, 2021
Waiheke occupiers stand firm
A member of a Ngāti Pāoa group protesting the building of a marine in Waiheke says occupation of the site at Putiki Bay will continue despite the Supreme Court’s refusal to take up the case.
Save Kennedy Point argued consent was wrongly granted because Auckland Council failed to consult the proper representative of the iwi, but the court said the Ngāti Pāoa Trust Board should have objected when the consent was publicly notified,
Kaiwai Rhind from Ngā Uri o Ngāti Paoa says her roopu is exercising its kaitiaki responsibilities independent of any other group.
"We are speaking from our whakapapa. Our whakapapa connects us with all that surrounds us which is te moana o Putiki, te whanga o Putiki, and the whenua which surrounds it as well. We have the pā sites which are surrounding our waahi tapu. We have spent 50 days there so we have become really comfortable and reacquainted with our whenua," she says.
Save Kennedy Point is now asking the High Court for an injunction and judicial review of Auckland Council and the Department of Conservation because it says they failed to ensure the developers have a plan to protect the colony of kororā or little blue penguins who live at the site.
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