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Greens applaud Long Bay Regional Park decision

18 July 2008

Green Party applauds Long Bay Regional Park decision

The Green Party today welcomes news that the Environment Court has moved
to put more safeguards around protection of Long Bay Regional Park.

"Long Bay-Okura is the last piece of undeveloped coastal space within
the Auckland metropolitan area," Green Party MP and East Coast Bays
candidate Sue Bradford says.

"We were at risk of losing this asset forever, an asset significant not
only to local people but also to those from all over Auckland who come
by bus or car to enjoy the beach and park.

"The fact that the Court has directed the developer Landco and the North
Shore council to look again at what they're doing, and to consult with
other stakeholders, marks significant progress in the long struggle to
save Long Bay.

"This decision comes after a protracted and expensive struggle by local
residents who have been fighting for over a decade to minimise the
impact of urban development on the land of the Long Bay-Okura Peninsula.

"The proposed residential development also posed a threat to the
sustainability of the Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve, and to a number of
waahi tapu and other archaeological and heritage sites.

"The Green Party will be keeping a close watch on how negotiations
proceed in the light of the Court decision.

"Environmental sustainability, protecting heritage values, and
maintaining the rural character of all the land visible from the beaches
is critical," Ms Bradford says.

Ms Bradford lives in Torbay, and her family has been at Long Bay for
several generations. Her late father - Professor Dick Matthews - was
instrumental in establishing the Long Bay Marine Reserve, and she says
she is unashamedly passionate about the need to retain as much as
possible of Long Bay's character, despite the huge pressure from urban
development.


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