Pūtiki case in the High Court
Photo: Protect Pūtiki Facebook.
Opponents of the construction of a 180-berth marina in Putiki Bay, Waiheke Island, hope the Auckland High Court will tomorrow lift injunctions preventing members of the Protect Putiki group from taking direct action against Development.
In August last year, developer Kennedy Point Marina went behind the back of the iwi-led group and asked the court to issue injunctions against 32 members of Protect Putiki barring them from approaching the construction site.
Barrister Kingi Snelgar, who is part of a team of lawyers seeking the injunctions to be lifted, says the issuance of the injunctions did not follow due process, did not give sufficient weight to Maori tikanga principles and was not in accordance with the Treaty of Waitangi.
He says the issues before the tribunal strike at the very heart of individual and Maori rights and will be closely watched by iwi and civil rights advocates across the country.
Supporters of Protect Putiki are holding a Cloud hikoi on the downtown waterfront at the High Court from 10 a.m.
Organizer Zane Wedding says it will be an opportunity for Aucklanders to show their support for Waiheke Islanders.