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Marine and Coastal Area Act: Encourage others to take action

In addition to encouraging family, friends, and colleagues to take action, approach other potential interested parties, such as boating clubs, fishing groups, bach owners, community groups, and anyone else with close associations with the coast, suggesting they also file Notices of Appearance; Continue reading

Marine and Coastal Area Act: How to oppose a claim made directly with the Crown

Under Crown engagement, the general public will be able to object to or support any application as part of a public enquiry process seeking submissions. This process has not yet begun. The sequence and timing for determination of Crown engagement applications are being developed and information about this will be published on the Justice Department website in due course. Continue reading

Marine and Coastal Area Act: How to oppose a claim made to the High Court

Please note, the deadline to oppose a claim has passed. There will be an opportunity at a later date to submit on the applications received by the crown. To oppose or support a claim, any interested party may appear and be heard on an application for a recognition order if that person has, by the due date, filed a ‘Notice of Appearance’. In due course the interested party will be called on to give evidence. (You can simply state what time periods you have had unrestricted use of that area, and for what purpose). Continue reading

Marine and Coastal Area Act: Andrew Little's Response

We posed a few questions to Andrew Little and here are his responses. Continue reading

Payments for Cultural Impact Assessments should be refunded

Auckland property owners stripped of thousands of dollars to undertake cultural impact assessments should be refunded by the Council. The High Court decision to dismiss the IMSB's appeal of the Council's decision to remove the remaining ‘Sites and Places of Value to Mana Whenua’ (read more here), confirmed that the Council has inflicted additional costs and uncertainty on Auckland property owners through these cultural impact assessments with little or no justification since they were first introduced in September 2013. Continue reading

Win in Court

Earlier this week we received Justice Wylie's decision dismissing the High Court appeal by the Independent Maori Statutory Board against the decision made by Auckland Councillors to accept the Independent Hearings Panel’s recommendation to remove the ‘Sites and Places of value to Mana Whenua’ overlay from the Auckland Unitary Plan.  Read the ruling here. Continue reading

Common sense prevails in Auckland

We are applauding the recommendations of the Independent Hearings Panel to delete Cultural Impact Assessment requirements, and the scheduled “sites of value” from the Auckland Unitary Plan. The Panel clearly recognises the folly of adopting such a flawed system, a system which was in danger of undermining public support for sites of significant historical and cultural heritage. Thank you to all of our supporters, and those who have worked tirelessly to oppose these proposals. We are pleased to see that commonsense has prevailed.

Submissions to PAUP oral hearing

The Democracy Action team have been busy preparing and presenting their submissions against the the Mana Whenua provisions within the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. The documents below should serve as a great resource for people interested in learning more about the implications for Aucklanders of the Mana Whenua provisions, and why they should be opposed. Continue reading

Iwi Claims for Special Treatment over Water

Currently the Government is holding a series of talks with the Iwi Leaders Group, who are demanding proprietary rights to freshwater. In September 2012 the Maori King Tuheitia Paki called over 1,000 tribal representatives to Ngaruawahia to discuss the ownership and control of New Zealand’s water. He declared, “We have always owned the water”. More information (NZ Herald) Continue reading

Site of the week 2

ID#3172, Waiuku The mana whenua provisions don’t just affect sites in downtown Auckland. One of our eagle-eyed volunteers has tracked down ID#3172, which is right in the middle of a new housing development. Our volunteer documents:  Continue reading