Should a special housing area REALLY go here?
It is an issue I am watching closely but haven’t had time to pick up on until now.
I received an email on the campaign against a Special Housing Area out near Mangere where there is unique treasures (and historic ones at that) that would be placed under threat.
From SOUL – Save Our Unique Landscape:
I have left the formatting as is when I translated the page from SOUL into the blog.
Media attention has also picked up on the SOUL campaign with some excellent insights from the 95bFM interviews:
Ascending order -Latest coverage at bottom:
Listen here to a feature broadcast on BFM The Wire about this proposed SHA at Ihumatao.
The Wire – BFM 11/06/ 2015- link to listen to Dave Veart, archaeologist and Otuataua Stonefields expert, and The Public Meeting
The Wire – BFM 12/06/2015 – Featuring Marama Davidson http://95bfm.co.nz/assets/sm/221933/3/marama.mp3
Radio NZ: 11/06/2015 – http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201757973/small-auckland-community-bands-together-to-fight-development
NZ Herald – 12/06/2015: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11463738
BFM – The Wire: SOUL presentation to the Heritage Advisory Panel – 15/06/2015: http://95bfm.co.nz/assets/sm/222043/3/SHA.mp3
3rd July: Here is a link to Marama Fox interview on The Wire 95bfm about the Oruarangi SHA: http://95bfm.com/assets/sm/222335/3/MaramaFox.mp3
You can sign a petition against the particular Special Housing Area here: Save Our Unique Landscapes (SOUL)
Remembering this particular area does not have adequate infrastructure at all levels. This includes roads, public transport, water, stormwater, and was last connected to the waste water system even though it is close to the Mangere Sewerage Plant.
Simply put you are putting a decent size housing area in the middle of nowhere with no infrastructure to back it up.
So looking at this whole situation it is probably not the most prudent to put an SHA at Ihumatao. How about redeveloping existing urban areas in Mangere instead with the land used so inefficiently for housing and the population rapidly growing there. THAT might be a better idea and a win-win for all.