Wāhi tapu on proposed Ōhau golf course land protected by consent determination

Xero co-founder Hamish Edwards wants to turn this Ōhau land, the site of wāhi tapu Tirotrio Whetū, into an 18-hole links golf course.

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Xero co-founder Hamish Edwards needs to show this Ōhau land, the location of wāhi tapu Tirotrio Whetū, into an 18-hole hyperlinks golf course.

A Xero co-founder’s plans to construct a golf course on wāhi tapu have been rebuffed, with commissioners saying even a “mild contact” may have dire penalties for the connection between iwi and whenua.

The choice doesn’t essentially imply the top of the course proposal, however it might require important redesign or additional authorized motion.

Xero co-founder and avid golfer Hamish Edwards​ needs to show a big block of land on the northern financial institution of the Ōhau River into an 18-hole hyperlinks golf course.

The proposed course, dubbed Douglas Hyperlinks, would price $50 million to develop and doubtlessly be one of many prime 100 programs on this planet.

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Whereas Edwards’ firm Grenadier Ltd​ has some required consents from Horowhenua District Council, extra consents are required from Horizons Regional Council to construct close to the coast and use and discharge water.

However arguably some of the vital consents – the permission to do earthworks, vegetation clearance and land disturbance in at-risk habitats and the coastal foredune – was declined.

The consent was wanted to construct on websites close to the Ōhau River, which might have made up a few of the most picturesque components of the proposed course.

Plans for the Douglas Links Golf Course at Ōhau.

Horizons Regional Council

Plans for the Douglas Hyperlinks Golf Course at Ōhau.

The consent utility was strongly opposed by Ngāti Tukorehe because the proposed course could be constructed on Tirotiro Whetū​, a wāhi tapu and identified website of occupation by tangata whenua.

Ngāti Tukorehe representatives advised a consent listening to in Could Tirotiro Whetū included land alongside the coast and river.

Iwi representatives spoke of their fears of Tirotiro Whetū being obliterated, saying that they had a duty as kaitiaki to guard folks from breaking tapu.

They weren’t in opposition to the golf course, however needed Grenadier’s proposal to be diminished to 9 holes to make sure Tirotiro Whetū was not disturbed.

Of their determination launched on Monday, commissioners Christine Foster​, Fleur Maseyk​ and Reg Proffitt​ stated they didn’t settle for the course would obliterate former pā or kāinga areas.

The location had already been considerably modified for the reason that time Tirotiro Whetū was occupied by farming and forestry.

The Ōhau River, flowing into the Tasman Sea on the bottom right, runs near the wāhi tapu of Tirotiro Whetū and the land proposed to become the Douglas Links Golf Course.

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The Ōhau River, flowing into the Tasman Sea on the underside proper, runs close to the wāhi tapu of Tirotiro Whetū and the land proposed to turn out to be the Douglas Hyperlinks Golf Course.

However even a “mild contact” method to earthworks would have a doubtlessly important influence on the connection between Ngāti Tukorehe and the whenua, commissioners stated.

Each spoken and written proof, together with Māori Land Court docket data, confirmed the iwi had a deep relationship with the realm.

“A grant for consent [for earthworks, land disturbance and vegetation clearance] wouldn’t recognise or present for the connection of Ngāti Tukorehe with the ancestral land and wāhi tapu values throughout the website,” the commissioners stated.

Monday’s ruling didn’t change the district council consents, which permit improvement inland, or the actual fact different improvement may happen with out consents.

Commissioners stated they had been unable to direct Grenadier to transform the proposal right into a restoration plan for Tirotiro Whetū, however did assume many components of the corporate’s proposal, together with important plantings and restoration work on sand dunes, would have a internet profit to the surroundings.

They had been additionally unable to keep in mind issues about stray golf balls on the surroundings, because it was not a direct impact of the consents they had been contemplating and the district council had already granted consents permitting golf.

Commissioners had no issues with functions to make use of groundwater and discharge handled water, granting consents for these actions.

Lindsay Poutama​​ of Ngāti Tukorehe stated he and iwi members had been assembly on Tuesday to debate the choice and subsequent steps.

Edwards was in a foreign country on Tuesday, however Grenadier normal supervisor Tim Wilton​ stated they had been contemplating their choices.

“We’re dissatisfied by the panel’s determination, after gaining sturdy assist from the neighborhood and enterprise, however not stunned.”

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