The Independent Māori Statutory Board says removing a schedule of more than 2000 sites of value from the unitary plan is merely delaying the inevitable.
Last week Auckland Council voted 13 to 6 to delete the schedule from the unitary plan, and the Board says they’re looking at their legal options to reinstate the sites as soon as possible. Councillor George Wood, who voted to remove the sites says the sites needed to be properly assessed at a later point, and the schedule did not have public confidence.
But Independent Maori Statutory Board Chair David Taipari says if they’re not reinstated now, developers could be at risk of destroying or modifying heritage sites.
bFM The Wire host Daniel Walker spoke to Taipari and began by asking him why the schedule should’ve remained. An organisation called Democracy Action Group fiercely opposes the sites of value being included in the Unitary Plan. Chair of the Group Lee Short says their view was backed up by the recommendations from the Indepen