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Written by Brian Rudman, The New Zealand Herald   
Friday, 18 July 2008

Brian Rudman

The volunteer battlers of the Auckland Volcanic Cones Society have won another famous victory in the Environment Court, defeating plans to build multi-storey apartment blocks on the northern face of Mt Wellington-Maungarei.

Judge Craig Thompson and two commissioners have rejected Landco Mt Wellington's plans for a total of 49 units in three clusters. Also given the thumbs-down was the lily-livered compromise of a two-cluster development put up by Auckland City Council, the body supposed to be protecting our unique volcanic heritage.

Instead, the court has ruled that the contentious 2.4ha sliver of mountain slope between the mountain reserve and the surrounding 108ha Stonefields housing estate will retain its historic Business 7 zoning, which "in theory ... would permit a continuation of the quarrying activity, or grazing or horticulture".

Landscape architect Stephen Brown, on behalf of the cones society, told the hearing the proposed viewshafts would be "like the gaps between three teeth".

The judge acknowledges that in the present context, any of the above activities would be a "fanciful" rather than "realistic" proposition, and writes that "within the limits propriety allows, we would encourage" the city council to take up Landco's offer, and buy the land to incorporate it into the neighbouring Mt Wellington Domain.

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