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Fast track tribunals threat to iwi interests

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Tamaki Makaurau MP says the interests of Maori and the public in Auckland in protecting their physical and cultural landscape are threatened by legislation rammed through under urgency this week.

Amendments to the supercity legislation include dropping the number of commissioners on environmental hearings from three to two.

Mr Henare says the intention is to speed up development consents, and it’s at the expense of local input.

It comes on top of the Auckland Council’s purge of a list of sites where the views of mana whenua iwi must be sought before development.

"It’s going to be really difficult for our poeople to have their voices heard when submssions come up with regard to developments in Auckland, especially in relation to those cultural sites of significance, and this is a big concern to me," Mr Henare says.

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