Post by Kiwi Frontline on Jun 2, 2016 17:17:20 GMT 12
CULTURAL CONCERNS AFFECT FARM FUTURE
Otago Peninsula sheep farmer Bob Morris says he wants to pass his farm on to his son, unencumbered by any further district plan changes.
Mr Morris was one of several people who made submissions on manawhenua matters to a hearing on the Dunedin City Council's second general district plan (2GP) yesterday.
Manawhenua refers to Maori people who have local tribal or sub-tribal authority in an area.
Mr Morris told the Dunedin hearing that the farm at Sandymount, near Sandfly Bay, had been in his family's hands for five generations, since 1863, and he wished to pass the 220ha property on to his son Timothy.
He noted that a recently proposed planning map referred to a new wahi tupuna buffer zone on part of the family property, and he suggested this map be redrawn so it did not cross the property boundary.
Wahi tupuna are places important to Maori for their ancestral significance and associated cultural and traditional values.
He had never found any Maori cultural artefacts at the farm.