NIMBYism is alive and well in South Auckland….and rank hypocrisy from labour MPs.
It seems that no one actually wants poor houses (affordable houses) near them, lowering their house values.
A bid to stop a high-density housing development in South Auckland is “ill-informed” and will not be considered, Housing Minister Nick Smith says.
A 4000-signature petition was presented to Labour MP Su’a William Sio on Parliament’s steps this afternoon by two members of Save our Unique Land (SOUL).
The group opposed plans for a Special Housing Area (SHA) in Oruarangi Road, Mangere.
There are plans to build 480 houses on the 33-hectare block of farmland, which is next to the Otuataua Stonefields.
Mr Sio said the Government had no right to use the housing crisis as an excuse to destroy a site which had heritage value to mana whenua.
He said the group wanted a housing solution that was affordable and protected the sacred grounds on the neighbouring land.
But Dr Smith said the petitioners’ concerns had already been considered and dismissed in an Environment Court decision.
“There are no grounds of which that Special Housing Area status could lawfully be undone and that is why the petition is ill-informed,” he said.