Right now, New Zealanders can still enjoy precious landscape near Auckland airport known for its views, its archaeological and geological heritage, its cultural and farming history, and its sacred significance as one of the places where Māori first settled in New Zealand.
Ihumātao is a special part of our history as a nation. But unless we do something right now, the ability to experience its magical atmosphere first hand will be gone for good, due to a large block of land designated as a Special Housing Area and known as SHA 62.
The Government granted the land (now SHA62) to a settler family in 1867 after confiscating it from local Māori who had lived there for centuries. Fast forward to 2007 – a former Council promised to buy this land for public open space. The intention was to protect its special values as part of the neighbouring Otuataua Stonefields Historic Reserve − our Stonehenge.
But that never happened and the land was later rezoned. Now the descendants of the family who were granted the land have decided to sell it to property developers - Fletchers.
Fletchers plan to build 480 houses on the land. If this development goes ahead, it will negatively affect the entire stonefields landscape; it will disrupt public access and destroy precious heritage and open space.
Let’s join together and stop them.
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