Titirangi Protection Group fundraising page
The Titirangi Protection Group is co-coordinating community efforts to oppose the development of a huge water treatment plant.Auckland
The proposed water treatment plant and two massive reservoirs (9m high, 60m diameter) will require the clearance of thousands of trees and levelling of 4 hectares of protected land, a total area that is larger than LynnMall shopping centre. This includes the felling of healthy kauri while putting other kauri at risk at a time when they are considered in danger of extinction due to kauri dieback disease. This project would build to within four metres of some local homes and put untold strain on roading and other infrastructure in the surrounding communities.
Are we ready to accept this? No way!
In October 2017 the TPG took Watercare and Auckland Council to the Environment Court to challenge their right to build on this protected land. The Environment Court ruled against the environment and we are appealing the decision in the High Court. That decision accepted that the designation of the 57hectare site allows Watercare and Auckland Council to build laboratories, reservoirs, chemical storage, dams, carparks, roads, plant and machinery, storage depots, sludge dumps, sediment ponds, filtration ponds and offices anywhere on the site. Watercare, the Council and the Judge all claim that any plain, ordinary and reasonable person would be 100% aware of that. We are yet to meet a homeowner, conveyancing lawyer or real estate agent who had even considered it a possibility.
The TPG feel that this issue has wider implications for the environment and local communities, not just in west Auckland, but across New Zealand.
If Watercare is given permission to do this in Titirangi, we believe the floodgates will open for many more developments in the future.
Your donation will help fund the TPG High Court Action.
We are reliant on our neighbours, local businesses and other concerned citizens to come forward and help us make this stand and to allow important work to be done over the coming months as we work towards a High Court hearing. This is scheduled for May 2018.
Help make a stand for something precious to all New Zealanders – our environment!
The TPG is fighting for our local bush living community, but we are also fighting a much larger battle – and you can help us! Together, we can create a positive outcome that will reach beyond our lifetimes, and create a legacy for our community, for our children, for future generations.
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Funds raised will be used to create material to inform the public about the scale and social/natural impacts of the development and to obtain professional support and advice to help oppose Watercare plans. This includes newsletters, signs, posters, advertising, website hosting, legal and other specialist advice.
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Over the last, almost year and a half, there has been a great deal of effort put in by a dedicated community and its supporters to highlight the impacts of a misguided proposal to build a water treatment plant and reservoirs on land acknowledged as having significant ecological value.
Recently released reports, commissioned by Watercare, and reviewed by independent experts have confirmed what we have been saying from the start about the value of the ecosystems.
Kauri exist on the site and two of the oldest kauri in Auckland are located only a short distance away. It is not known if these have been infected by kauri die-back disease, but the threat is increased if this proposal proceeds.
Watercare continue to march on despite there being other options (on their original list of potential sites) that would not result in the levels of social disruption or ecological destruction that use of this site at the gateway to the Waitakere Ranges will cause.
The Resource Content for this development will be submitted to Council at some point in the coming months.
The Titirangi Protection Group (TPG) will continue to work to raise community awareness of the proposal and its impact as well as supporting the community to have their voice heard during this process.
Ongoing fundraising will be used to support this work and to enable legal, planning and other experts to assist.
Thank you again to those that have supported this cause, who have raised awareness through campaign activities or donated.
The fight is not over.
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This page was created on 1 Jun 2017 and closes on 28 Aug 2019.