Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Plantings To Follow Occupation Meeting

Auckland City Council

Mayor of Auckland City, Chris Fletcher and representatives from the environmental and ecological groups who staged an occupation at Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill last weekend, yesterday agreed on a process for appropriate native plantings.

Chris Fletcher and Nandor Tanczos, spokesperson for the Wild Greens, agreed it was a very productive and useful meeting following Chris Fletcher’s visit to the EcoNation occupation site over the weekend.

"A win/win outcome has been achieved," they said.

It was agreed that Auckland City would work with the group to investigate a suitable site for a symbolic planting at the Auckland Domain.

The planting would be in accordance with the Domain management plan and in consultation with Tangata Whenua, using the trees the group had planned to plant at Maungakiekie.

Nandor Tanczos said, "We see this as a good outcome. The occupation’s goal was to promote the EcoNation vision – a new partnership between citizens, communities, business and government for the social and ecological renewal of our country.

This is compatible with vision of Auckland as the ‘First City of the Pacific’, and the meeting demonstrated the mayors commitment to those values, " he said.

A consultation process was also agreed to between Auckland City, environmental groups and the Tangata Whenua Consultative Committee to determine whether there are any acceptable sites for native planting within the One Tree Hill reserve.

It was acknowledged that Maungakiekie is a place of special importance to Tangata Whenua and Iwi, with high archaeological value and therefore requires sensitivity and full consultation with all parties.

Chris Fletcher says she looks forward to greater consultation and working in a positive approach with those who care about the environment.

"Protecting and enhancing our environment is crucial to a high quality of life. The protest has highlighted this message which I have given to Politicians and Chief Executives who have been in Auckland during APEC," she said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news