Occupied Ihumātao land could be granted highest heritage status

From Morning Report, 7:55 am on 5 November 2019

The disputed land at Ihumātao could be granted the highest level of heritage recognition by Heritage New Zealand.

It's proposing to change the heritage status of the neighbouring Ōtuataua Stonefields to a category one, and expanding the current boundaries to include the land at Ihumātao.

That land is at the center of an occupation that's gone on for more than 100 days trying to stop a Fletcher Building housing development.

Andrew Coleman is the Heritage New Zealand chief executive.