Round 120 protesters gathered on the website final week. Picture / Bevan Conley
Horizons Regional Council has apologised to a Whanganui hapū after a consent was granted to excavate a bit of the Punakewhitu/Light Annie maunga with out session.
Work was suspended on the positioning final week after 120 folks gathered to protest the earthworks, going down to widen a street, which appeared to have taken place with little session with native hapū.
The maunga is metres away from a well-liked lookout level on the Whanganui River Rd, which overlooks a picturesque valley that features the Whanganui River.
Protest organiser Ken Mair mentioned final week the earthworks on the website started on Wednesday to the shock of native hapū.
“You possibly can see my marae from proper right here, and I did not know something about it,” he mentioned.
In a press release on Tuesday afternoon, Horizons Regional Council technique and regulation group supervisor Dr Nic Peet mentioned hapū weren’t included within the session course of and the council was sorry.
“Horizons apologises unreservedly for not together with hapū within the consent course of and for the damage and misery triggered because of this,” the assertion mentioned.
“Horizons additionally apologises on to maunga Punakewhitu.”
It was Horizons’ intention to satisfy with native hapū to convey the apology in particular person, the assertion mentioned.
“Horizons wish to proceed dialogue with all events to hunt decision and restoration and can take a lead from hapū on this respect.”
The Chronicle has requested a replica of the unique consent from Horizons.
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