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Other Coastlines - Te Arai / Mangawhai
Written by Mahurangi Matters   
Wednesday, 27 June 2012

The battle to save Te Arai from development took another turn this week when developers Darby Partners and Te Arai Coastal Lands started clearing pine trees from an area where they hope to build a golf course.

The companies have been granted resource consent for earthworks associated with the project, with conditions. However, a spokesperson for Darby Partners says no final decision has yet been made to proceed.

“We’re awaiting the outcome of the private plan change before making a decision,” he says. “A number of permits are needed before work can start and this is just part of that process.”

Meanwhile, the Te Arai Beach Preservation Society is seeking legal, planning and environmental advice on whether to appeal the consent and has until June 20 to make a decision.

Spokesperson Chris Wild says the society is also seeking legal advice on whether or not Auckland Council can be challenged on the basis that the resource consent was non-notified.

We’re very disappointed that we weren’t consulted.

“We’re very disappointed that we weren’t consulted,” she says. “We knew it was in the wind and were ringing Council regularly but kept getting told that no application had been lodged. Then, finally, we were told ‘yes’ the consent has been granted.” The society filed a Freedom of Information request to get the consent details and were still waiting for a copy of the conditions in full when Mahurangi Matters went to print.

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