Nick Smith labelled the sites nothing but ‘PC crap’. Bob Jones went further and Council of creating a ‘cult of racketeering and extortion’ to favour race based groups.
All three organisations issued media releases yesterday welcoming the move.
COUNCIL CONSIDERS PARTIAL REDUCTION IN CIA REQUIREMENTS
“While this is good news, we’re not counting our chickens before they hatch,” says Democracy Action’s Chairman, Lee Short. “We still need to work though what sites are being removed and what ones are staying."
“Over the last six months our volunteers have been out visiting the 3,361 sites — something the Council didn’t bother to do. We found sites submerged underwater, underneath buildings, in carparks and even one site at an old landfill. We also know of examples of significant sums being paid to iwi in return for certification that a resource consent does not affect a particular site.”
“The obvious question is why the Council, having claimed for more than a year that every site is sacred, appears to be making a partial u-turn. In our opinion, every site should be properly assessed and verified by archaeologists rather than iwi leaders, some of whom have a potential conflict of interest.”
AUCKLAND COUNCIL LOOK SET TO REDUCE SCOPE OF 'TANIWHA TAX'
Taxpayers' Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:
“The Council is rightly buckling under public pressure to fix this corruption of the planning process. As exposed in the Taniwha Tax report, these provisions abandon the usual due-process of planning rules, have no predictability and even allow iwi groups to effectively decline a consent for spiritual or religious reasons.”
“While we would welcome a reduction in the number of sites affected, this is frankly a cop-out. According to many of Auckland's infrastructure providers the provisions are unfixable and should be scrapped. At the very least the Council should visit and verify the properties — as far as we know they still haven't.”
The Taniwha Tax: Briefing paper on Auckland Council’s new Mana Whenua rules is available to download here. To find out whether your property is affected by the provisions,click here.
Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance
RATEPAYERS URGE COUNCIL TO DITCH PLANNING RULES COVERING THE METAPHYSICAL
Jo Holmes, a spokesperson for the Ratepayers’ Alliance, says:
“Seldom does it seem ratepayers get a win from this Mayor and Council, but Auckland property owners will welcome the removal of the 1,373 sites, and hope it is a sign of things to come.”
"We are calling Councillors to do the right thing, follow the advice of the Archaeological Association, and scrap the provisions entirely."
What is needed now is for Council to get back to basics, root out politically active officers, and scrap this unnecessary, undemocratic, race based ‘tax’ that brings both Council and iwi into disrepute.
PAUP creating “a cult of racketeering and extortion”
Democracy Action fights to regain private property rights
Taniwha tax under fire