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Council refuses Aotea iwi dredge challenge
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An objection by Protect Aotea and Ngāti Rehua Ngātiwai ki Aotea opposing the dredging of the Rangitoto shipping channel and downtown Auckland Port area has been struck out.

Spokesperson Kelly Klink says Auckland Council reporting officer Sarah Wong ruled out more than half the 206 submissions as out of the scope of the dredging application, including all those challenging Ports of Auckland’s plans to dump the millions of cubic metres of sediment between the Coromandel Peninsula and Aotea-Great Barrier.

This means the iwi will be denied a right to be heard on an activity that is likely to have adverse effects on taonga species and could introduce invasive non-indigenous pests into the tupuna moana.

She says it highlights the council’s absence of mātauranga Māori and its lack of engagement with iwi.

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