This is a fast way to get my blood boiling. Rodney Hide as minister of local government has removed protection from the Waitakere ranges. It is time to make the Act party extinct rather than merely being on the endangered species list.
The Waitakere ranges are the only readily accessible tramping around Auckland. Virtually every kid who live in Auckland has been there as part of a family or a school group or in scouts. It is an important part of the cities social fabric. However it has been eyed up by developers for years. ‘Technical’ oversights like this are the classic way of surreptitiously removing protection by developers.
Personally I blame the voters of Epsom. They are the guilty parties that let this pipsqueak pimp for his developer and business buddies.
From Phil Twyford, last night:
It has emerged the third super city bill contains some obnoxious provisions that threaten the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Protection Area.
Submissions close midnight tomorrow (February 12) so there isn’t much time left. But if you love the Waitakere Ranges, or live out West, you might like to make a last-minute submission on this.
These two clauses in the Local Government (Auckland Law Reform) Bill could gut the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Act and see Aucklanders lose control over Waitakare’s prized Centennial Park:
1. Section 6 of the Local Government (Auckland Law Reform) Bill sets up a spatial plan for the super city to replace the old growth and development strategy which was subject to the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area. The new spatial plan will not be subject to the Ranges Heritage Area and this opens the door for the super council to ignore its protections.
2. Schedule 3 of the bill repeals s77 in the Local Government Act which vests ownership of Centennial Park in the Auckland Regional Council. The super city bill repeals it, instead of simply switching the ownership from the ARC to the new Auckland Council.This could open the door for nationalisation of the Park as has been advocated by National MPs, and the loss of local control.
This is a sneaky attempt by Paula Bennett and the National Party to undo all the years of work by Westies to protect the Ranges.
Remember submissions close today. Maybe a quick post to remind people to do so? Both Labour and the Greens have submission guides.
Update: from Phil Twyford in comments
Thanks for the post lprent let me make a correction of the info I sent out last night: In relation to (1) in the post, the change is in section 45 of the Bill which proposes insertion of section 66 into the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009.
I urge people to get in a submission today: Here