Ngati Whatua keen to reclaim port space
|29 Sep 2017 12:00 PM|
Ngatu Whatua Orakei say it’s time to move the port of Auckland.
Spokesperson Ngarimu Blair is encouraging New Zealand First leader Winston Peters to stick with his campaign commitment and make a moving the port to Northland a coalition bottom line.
He says the port has a shabby colonial history, with the Auckland Harbour Board, now Ports of Auckland, reclaiming and selling land relentlessly since the start of the city.
"They’ve progressively reclaimed that part of the Waitemata from Okaa pa which is Point Erin all the way to Tauraarua pa by Parnell Baths and all of our former fishing villages in between, like Te To, Horotiu, Te Hikarama, Tangirere, Waiaatarau and so on," he says.
Ngarimu Blair says Ngati Whatua wants the waterfront to be a place all Aucklanders can walk rather than it being covered in cars and containers.
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