500 signatures reached
To: Far North District Council and Far North Holdings Ltd
BUY BACK PUKETITI (Ōpua Headland)
This iconic public land should never have been transferred from Far North District Council to Far North Holdings Ltd and sold without involving mana whenua and local residents. It was scandalous to sell off the land and even worse, to sell it off secretly. We ask FNDC and FNHL to rectify their mistake and refund the offshore buyer.
Why is this important?
Puketiti is historic land at the heart of the Ōpua community. This land was used as a strategic lookout by Pumuka and his people and as such, is a vital taonga to mana whenua. Imagine Pumuka scanning the Bay from the lookout. He would have extensive views up the Waikare Inlet, out towards the Black rocks and over the sea to the many visible Pa sites. He would see hundreds of waka transporting people and supplies across the water.
Puketiti is a destination. A prominent destination for cyclists and walkers. A safe destination in a tsunami as evidenced in 2021. A perfect lookout to celebrate Matariki and our New Zealand history. A place for future generations to learn and be creative while surrounded by panoramic land and sea views, nature and history.
If we do not act now this precious land covered in trees planted by past generations of school children, will be flattened, developed and turned into 17 premium residential sections. Puketiti and the lookout will be no more.
I am in no doubt that the underhand way this land was sold was a purposeful act intending to mislead and undermine the Ōpua community and mana whenua. Secrecy appears to have been required to obtain resource consent for the building sites. Without the secrecy, I am certain that this project would have been stopped in its infancy.
‘Save Ōpua’s Soul’ (S.O.S.) is a group of concerned local residents who feel very strongly about the current loss of this land, the total lack of respect shown to mana whenua and the skulduggery surrounding the secrecy of this land sale.
We ask FNHL and FNDC to listen to the people whom they represent. A mistake has been made so put it right - BUY BACK PUKETITI!
This petition has been made in discussion with and full support of mana whenua who are also represented in our S.O.S membership.
In our 2019 petition “Stop Puketiti Development”, we reached 1,232 online signatures!
Links to further info:
Newspaper Article covering land sale and occupation: https://www.stuff.co.nz/pou-tiaki/124139594/campaigners-plan-to-occupy-key-northland-land-until-its-made-into-a-reserve
Newspaper Article covering land sale and protest: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/428730/ngapuhi-protesters-prepared-to-stand-in-front-of-bulldozers-to-stop-development-on-wahi-tapu-land
Waitangi Day Protest: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/waitangi-day-labours-maori-caucus-met-with-small-protest-over-land-sale-at-te-tii-marae/LP2Z4EHZS3GWJWHYS6ZL6ZEGOM/
Facebook Page of occupation: https://www.facebook.com/TE-ROROA-KI-OPUA-105941851046020/
How it will be delivered
Petition Delivered to Prime Minister, Members of Parliament, FNDC Mayor, Directors of FNHL, CEO of FNHL, CEO of FNDC, Councillors and Community Board Members, Lawyer for the offshore buyer, Auditor General and Media.
by email - 29 August 2022