Thanks Len

Len Brown’s Unitary Plan is pandering to Len’s natural constituency in South Auckland.

What is proposed is out of control ridiculous

A couple have been told to apply to 14 different iwi to keep the water running to their home.

Brent and Jennifer Tassell will need approval to renew resource consent on a bore hole that has been operating for 10 years, supplying water to eight Puhoi homes.

The bore draws water from 305m underground and is the only source of water for the properties in Slowater Lane, on the northern outskirts of greater Auckland.

“It’s a hole in the ground that’s been there for 10 years,” said Jennifer. “It’s completely over the top for our situation.”

Under the draft Auckland Unitary Plan, all applicants for resource consent for new or existing developments must apply to iwi for them to assess whether it would have an adverse effect on mana whenua.

Who needs the Resource Management Act to stifle the ecomomy when you can have your local Iwi do it for you? ?

The Tassells will meet Labour MP Shane Jones, who has been vocal in his disagreement with iwi approval rules.

He warned the new Auckland Council lacked safeguards.

“Maori heritage, while it’s important, it must never be used as a basis for divisiveness – and I fear that’s a consequence in this case,” he said.

Iwi should not be allowed to intervene to “test whether there’s a taniwha down a 10-year-old bore”.

An Auckland Council spokeswoman admitted the new rules placed “additional burdens” on applicants, and said the council was working with iwi to streamline the process.

Where is this going to stop?

How many Iwi do we get permission from to catch a fish, swim in the sea, or breathe?

If you ask me, the Iwi are the Taniwha, and good on Shane Jones for standing up against his own party by showing some humanity and common sense.

I can grab 1000 random Maori ?and ask them how they feel about a pre existing water bore supplying water to 10 homes. ?I can assure you 990 won’t care. ?The ten that do will be the ones trying to get money out of the process. ?After all, this isn’t about offending sacred spirits or battling mythical monsters – it’s about fleecing people.


– Herald