Auckland Council had allowed race based groups to demand payment for Cultural Impact Assessments based on the so-called ‘Sites of Cultural Significance’ before the Unitary Plan had been reviewed by the Independent Hearings Panel. Sometimes these demands ran into hundreds of thousands of dollars. Often the demands were paid by applicants if they needed to progress their resource consents.
Democracy Action is now demanding that this injustice be remedied.
PAYMENTS FOR CULTURAL IMPACT ASSESSMENTS SHOULD BE REFUNDED
Pro-democracy group, Democracy Action, says the High Court's dismissal this week of the appeal by the Independent Maori Statutory Board against the decision by Auckland Councillors to accept the Independent Hearings Panel’s recommendation to remove the ‘Sites and Places of value to Mana Whenua’ from the Unitary Plan, gives every reason for the Council to refund amounts paid for the unnecessary and costly cultural assessments.
Since September 2013 Auckland property owners with one of these purportedly sites of value on or near their properties have had to seek cultural impact assessments (CIAs) from iwi when undertaking more than minor earthworks.
“Money paid to iwi for CIAs must be refunded”, says Democracy Action spokesperson, Lee Short.
“The Court’s decision is further confirmation that the Council inflicted additional costs and uncertainty on property owners for little or no justification. For many, it meant paying thousands of dollars to iwi representatives for cultural impact assessments, with no safeguards in place to protect the applicant from the risk of exploitation. Now that the process has been abolished, those applicants should be entitled to full reimbursement from Auckland Council”.
“The decision from Justice Wylie may also cause problems for the Government, in that it highlights the potential flaws of ‘co-governance’ type arrangements in relation to resource consent approval processes. The Resource Legislation Amendment Bill, which is currently before Parliament, broadens the scope of ‘Iwi Participation Arrangements’ to cover consenting and monitoring. The proposed law would impose on all Councils special rights and privileges for iwi in regards to resource consents."
"The Government should take note of Justice Wylie’s decision and make
substantial changes to the Bill if the legal problems experienced by Auckland Council are to be avoided.”
“There must be strong safeguards in place to prevent councils from outsourcing consent decisions to unaccountable iwi representatives, with no appeal or review safeguards.”
The Court's judgment is available at: http://www.democracyaction.org.nz/judgement
In other words this was a rort. It was a rort eagerly entered into by Auckland Council’s politically correct bureaucracy and Cultural Marxist Councillors.
It is the first sign in over forty years that the Treaty of Waitangi gravy train might lose traction as those steeped in the democratic tradition fight back against the injustices being inflicted on the people of New Zealand by race based elites and their politically correct cohorts in the elitist establishment.
All that has been achieved through the ToW process is the enrichment of a few iwi elites at the expense of the nation, worsening race relations, and institutionalised discrimination in every facet of public life. Those ordinary iwi Kiwi at the bottom of the heap remain firmly entrenched there. This suits their tribal masters just fine. After all, in a tribal system, in order for there to be masters there must be serfs.
Let that sink in.