In 2021 the Settlement Trust filed opposition on the resource consent application submitted by Waste Management to establish a landfill at Dome Valley.
The cultural significance of this area to Ngāti Manuhiri has deep meaning as this is where the headlands of Te Awa Hōteo flows into the many tributaries and puna across the rohe and leads into the Kaipara Moana. As our Chairman, Mook Hohneck, says, “Ngāti Manuhiri are the mana whenua most affected by this proposed activity as it’s right on our doorstep and for us it’s non-negotiable”.
Following the public hearings held last year, the Environmental Commissioners were not able to reach a unanimous decision with the majority in support of the application proceeding forward. “We were not surprised by the majority decision of the Commissioners who view the application through a different lens to ours hei aha we remain steadfast in our efforts to protect our rivers and whenua for future generations,” says Nicola MacDonald, Acting CEO.
The Trust has filed an application to the Environmental Court of Appeal and will continue to oppose the consent application.
Last week Te Karere News contacted the Trust to speak to our Chair about our continued opposition to the landfill click here to see the interview.