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Written by Whangamata Marina protestors, Scoop   
Friday, 18 July 2008

Hauraki Mäori, local surfers and other Whangamata community members say:

“The piece meal approach by the consenting authorities continues to frustrate us and everyone else involved in the Whangamata Marina debacle. Amongst others, a new plan change to the land based activities of the Marina Society was announced by the Thames Coromandel District Council this week. We stand firm against a process where the original plan submitted in 2005, has been allowed to be changed without notification to the general public, signifying that there is no apparent need for further transparent and robust assessment of environmental and cultural effects for additions to granted consents.”

The primary goal of the group has been to lobby the Minister for the Environment to undertake a comprehensive independent audit of the procedures undertaken by the local and regional authorities, to date, this being within the jurisdiction of his portfolio.

During the 18 day occupation, the concerns of the group at Whangamata have been supported by the Hauraki Mäori Trust Board. Communications between the board and local Mäori MP, Nanaia Mahuta culminated yesterday, with a site visit to talk with the Whangamata group. She assured them that the Minister for the Environment was aware of the issues and that he needed time to deliberate. She has undertaken to ensure the Minister responds to the call for an audit.

Today, as a demonstration of Good Faith, the group will break their occupation and await the decision of the Minister for the Environment, the Right Honourable Trevor Mallard.

This is also an acknowledgement to the Marina Society who have formally agreed to withhold all on site activities until 1 August 2008.

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