Point England

In 2017 the National-led Government  passed legislation to enable high density housing development of 11.69 hectares of public green space at Point England Reserve in Tāmaki, East Auckland.

The legislation:

(a) Revoked the Reserve status of the land without normal public consultation processes

(b) Made it possible to subdivide land from the remainder of the Reserve without the need for a resource consent – and

(c) Rezoned the land from Public Open Space to Mixed Housing Urban, which is a high density residential zone, without the need for a plan change and the usual public consultation that would be required.

The Government offered the land to Ngāti Paoa to purchase for a housing development as part of their Treaty settlement but it came with strings attached (see Letter of Offer to Ngāti Paoa below). The proposal was put together in secret, under the confidentiality of the Treaty Settlement process. The community only became aware of the proposal in December 2016.

The Local Government and Environment Select Committee heard over 120 submissions opposing the Bill and only a small number supporting. There were two petitions with over 5,000 signatures presented to Parliament opposing the Bill. The message was very clear – the community wants to preserve Point England Reserve as open space for future generations.

Both the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board and Auckland Council openly criticised this law, expressing significant concern about Government overriding normal statutory processes and setting a precedent that cuts across the Resource Management Act 1991 and the Reserves Act 1977.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff’s preference that Point England remain a Reserve is on record. The Mayor presented Auckland Council’s submission to the Select Committee and urged the Committee to explore  all other options for Treaty Settlement, including using land owned by the Tāmaki Regeneration Company (TRC) which is currently worth $1.2 billion. TRC is owned by the Government.

If Point England is lost for open space, the local bird population’s nesting and feeding places will be destroyed.

Read more about the Point England Bird sanctuary at savepe.org.nz

Press releases

Conservation Minister silent on habitat destruction

Winston Peters slams National for selling local park for housing

Trademe listing

Leading broadcaster slams Government land grab

Opposition to the Point England Development Enabling Bill – It’s about the environment, stupid

Texting Campaign to Save Park, 3 April 2015

Media coverage

Waatea News: Dotterel eviction inevitable under Paoa plan

Scoop: Government Double Dipping at Pt England

Herald on Sunday, Letter to Editor: The path of democratic protest is a long and rocky one

Newsroom: No easy answer in Pt England land tussle

NZ Herald: Julie Chambers – Move to take part of Pt England Reserve for homes nothing better than land grab

Stuff: Point England Reserve goes on sale for a $1 in aim to raise awareness

Radio NZ:

Te Karere TVNZ: Public opposition to housing development by Auckland mana whenua continues

Scoop: Leading broadcaster slams Government land grab

Labour: Labour suggests a way to save Pt England Reserve from a Treaty settlement

Labour: National and Maori Party to carve up playgrounds

Waatea News: Point England land grab step too far

NZ Herald: Pt England reserve housing development opposed by Labour as ‘land grab’

Bird Sanctuary press release March 2017: Petition to save reserve presented

Stuff: Local boards fearful the Government will subdivide more public reserves

Maori TV: Nick Smith slams Auckland Council opposition to proposed Pt England development

RMLA: Development Enabling Bill undermines RMA and Reserves Act, says local Board

Berry Simons: Aucklanders locked out of Government move to get rid of reserves

NZ First: Protest Grow As National Rushes To Chop Up Parkland

RadioNZ: Local board fights Pt England development

Stuff: Hui held over Point England Reserve housing development

Newshub: Endangered dotterels face eviction with new housing development

Stuff: Pt England Reserve development will be ‘dire’ for endangered birds

RadioNZ: Pt England residents angry over iwi house plan

Waatea News: Green space threat alarms Mayor

RadioNZ: Auckland residents oppose iwi housing plan

Forest & Bird: Proposed housing development in Point England will evict wildlife

Stuff: Point England Reserve developers Ngati Paoa respond to public concerns

Maori TV: Locals plead with Ngāti Paoa to stop development

NZ Herald: Fears East Auckland housing development could endanger wildlife

RadioNZ: Auckland iwi to turn part of reserve into 300 houses

Construction News: Point England Reserve on the Tamaki foreshore is set to become a test case


Letter of offer to Ngāti Paoa

The Enabling Bill

RIS of Bill

Ngāti Paoa Submission

Local Board submission

Auckland Council submission