Pakuranga MP Simeon Brown said he is pleased to see that the Plan Change 3 has been accepted by Commissioners appointed by Auckland Council regarding the views on Stockade Hill.
“This is a step in the right direction. The Plan Change was a response to the community’s call for protection of the views from Stockade Hill and rezones some surrounding properties to ensure view shafts across Hauraki Gulf are protected from the top of the Hill.” Brown said.
This was an important step towards the ultimate goal of the local community to maintain the views from Stockade Hill in all directions.
“I want to acknowledge the hard work of Gayleen Mackereth and the Howick Residents and Ratepayers Association for their important advocacy on behalf of Howick.”
“The Howick Residents and Ratepayers Association has been advocating with great passion on behalf of all Howick residents, as they understand the importance that Stockade Hill holds within Howick’s historical and cultural identity.”
Brown said it was vital to preserve our local environment, and recognise the important historical significance of Stockade Hill for the generations to come.
“Not only are the views impressive, but Stockade Hill’s place in the community has historical significance and is a place of remembrance, with the cenotaph and hill playing an important role in remembering the Anzac’s and those who fought to protect our country,” he said.
“I will continue to stand alongside the community and support the advocacy of Howick residents as they continue to protect this special part of our community.”