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Ihumātao protests ‘show need for changes to NZ’s heritage laws’

Image: Callan Bird [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

A Māori land rights protest in south Auckland that has drawn thousands of participants from across New Zealand shows the need for more inclusive public consultation over local heritage issues, a University of Otago urban planning graduate has said.

Cassino Doyle did his masters thesis on Māori culture and NZ’s heritage management system, using the proposed housing development project on the Ihumātao peninsula as a case study.

Opposition to the development has gathered momentum in recent months and is emerging as a major test for the NZ government in cultural relations and the country’s heritage protection laws.

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