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Written by Steve Marshall   
Thursday, 19 January 2006

Three Whangarei hapu are facing the reality that land containing a mountain they hold sacred may be subdivided, historically only tohunga (priests) were allowed to live on the mountain.

On Friday, independent hearings commissioner Alan Watson, on behalf of the Whangarei District Council, granted consent to subdivide a 33-hectare block of land near Ngunguru into four lots. The land contains Whakareora Mountain - a site deemed of paramount importance to Te Waiariki, Ngati Korora and Ngati Taka hapu. Mr Watson has recommended a raft of conditions on any development including preserving bush, limiting the amount of earth that could be moved to provide access and building sites, as well as controls on any buildings, and measures to protect cultural and ecological values.
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