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Heritage NZ proposes changing heritage listing for Ihumātao Ōtuataua-Stonefields site

Heritage NZ proposes changing heritage listing for Ihumātao Ōtuataua-Stonefields site


A proposal to change
the heritage listing for Ihumatao’s Otuataua Stonefields
won’t have direct influence over the controversial
Fletchers development site. That’s according
to Auckland Council. The occupation at Ihumatao
is still in place and as Te Rina Kowhai reports, those occupying the whenua say
Auckland Council should do more. Visitors on this disputed piece
of land are learning some of
the local history. Heritage NZ is now proposing to change the status of parts
of the 32 HA land owned by Fletchers and Otuataua Stonefields Reserve
to Category 1. The news is welcomed, yet won’t do anything
when it comes to the development. Among those listed as Category 1
on the New Zealand Heritage list includes the treaty grounds. Heritage NZ knows that the Heritage
New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 canít provide protection. Behind Mt Puketapapa-a-Hape
is Otuataua. Council says the disputed land is estimated
to be valued at $36 million. Auckland Council say that they have already purchased
99 hectares of land of the Otuataua Stonefields site
and say the Heritage NZ proposal would
not grant the council any powers. The council go on to say they will continue to offer
its support to the government and mana whenua to negotiate
a positive outcome. Te Rina Kowhai, Te Karere.

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