The Te Arai Preservation Society will lodge an appeal against the decision of the Auckland Council-appointed hearing commissioners to green light the proposed Te Arai coastal development, citing environmental management compliance conditions they feel are unlikely to be met.
This is despite the Department of Conservation, Forest and Bird and the Environmental Defence Society supporting the development at the November hearing.
The Society cites resource consent breaches including alleged illegal earthworks as being detrimental to the survival of the endangered fairy tern plus a number of flora and fauna species.
Water usage from the Te Arai stream to sustain the golf course is also seen as not only breaching national environmental standards but also robbing the birds of essential fishing and feeding grounds while raising their young.
The Society feels that, given the high number of submissions against the development proceeding along the current path, the decision of the Commissioners was rather simplistic in it’s delivery and should be challenged in an attempt to achieve a better result for the protected area and it’s inhabitants.
Resource consents for water usage and earthworks relating to the course construction still await ratification following a recent High Court hearing.