Lo­cals call for court funds

North Shore Times - - MILESTONES - ZIZI SPARKS

A res­i­dents’ group em­broiled in an En­vi­ron­ment Court bat­tle have put out a call for more money to fight for what they want.

De­vel­oper Todd Prop­erty has met Auck­land Coun­cil in court over whether the ru­ral-ur­ban boundary should be moved north to al­low up to 1000 houses to be built on un­touched land in Okura.

The Long Bay Okura Great Park So­ci­ety had been in court in sup­port of coun­cil’s stance to leave the boundary where it is.

The hear­ing was sched­uled from Septem­ber 18 to 29 but fol­low­ing two weeks in court, the par­ties will re­turn on Novem­ber 1 for an ad­di­tional three days.

So­ci­ety deputy con­venor Pete Townend said the pub­lic had raised more than $140,000 to help fight the case with do­na­tions from as far away as Ja­pan, but roughly $85,000 more was needed.

‘‘The court case has been more com­plex than our team thought it would be, and so the ex­penses have gone up by over a third,’’ Townend said.

‘‘It was never go­ing to be quick or easy. The is­sues are com­plex and of­ten tech­ni­cal.

‘‘We are putting the call out to our sup­port­ers to dig deep and sup­port us in the ef­fort to leave a bit of our coastal ru­ral coun­try­side for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to en­joy.’’

The so­ci­ety had been hold­ing mul­ti­ple fundrais­ing events. The next planned event was a quiz night on Oc­to­ber 13, 6.30pm at Mac’s Brew Bar, Taka­puna. Costs $15 per per­son. Email mor­gan­nick­sal@gmail.com or info@long­bay­park.org.nz.

‘‘It was never go­ing to be quick or easy.’’

Pete Townend

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