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Society Challenges Development On Cape Kidnappers

Cape Kidnappers Protection Society

(Te Matau A Maui)


Cape Kidnappers Protection Society is challenging consent given by the Hastings District Council to allow the development of luxury accommodation within an area designated an Outstanding Natural Feature in the Hastings District Plan (section 12.2.1).

Despite this type of development being a non-complying activity and 77 times larger than allowed in the District Plan, a Hearings Committee voted 4-3 to give American billionaire Julian Robertson permission to build 24 chalets within the protected area, only 175 metres from the B lack Reef gannet colony and 4 kilometres from the golf course.

We believe it is imperative that the council abides by the rules set out in its own District Plan, which has been developed through consultation with the community to ensure resources are man age d and preserved for future generations. We are therefore supporting the appeal to have the proposed development moved 400 metres south, outside the protected zone.

A decision will be made in the Environment Court in October. To fund the legal battle to protect this area, and ensure the Hastings District Council abides by the District Plan when giving permission for future developments, we need YOUR help.

We are appealing for donations – big or small, private or corporate – to meet the legal costs of the Environment Court hearing. Donations can be made at any branch of the National B ank (please quote Cape Kidnappers Protection Society), or by posting a cheque to P O B ox 1463 , Hastings . Receipts will be issued on request; please include your name and address.

If you would like more information, or would like to contact us please email help.us@savethecape.co.nz or visit our website http://www.savethecape.co.nz.

Thank you for help – together we CAN make a difference!

Kindest regards

The Cape Kidnappers Protection Society
(Te Matau A Maui)

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