In August 2019 Watercare applied for consent to clear an area of the Waitakeres to make a replacement water treatment plant. Of the submissions made 469 were against, 20 in support, 8 neutral. You can entertain yourself with the voluminous submissions here. The commissioners asked for facts about kauri dieback in the site. 996 samples of soil were examined and dieback pathogen was found throughout. The hearing was recently (14-16 April 2021) reconvened.
The documents relating to the re-convened hearing follow and are provided as a public service. Some were provided to us on request (thank you Hearings Advisor) and may, or may not, be available on the Auckland Council portal when you visit this page.
Highlights: take a look at submissions from Murray Fea, Carol Bergquist, Graham Ussher and, in particular, Richard Blakey. (It is OK to cheat and look at their last lines, where they give their recommendations.)
Highlights: look at the compelling evidence of Cate Macinnis-Ng, Nick Waipara, Nari Williams, also Edward Ashby.