25 Jul 2009

Subdivision of rare gardens opposed

6:14 am on 25 July 2009

Iwi in south Wairarapa are against a residential subdivision on a waahi tapu which contains rare pre-European stone gardens.

Haami Te Whaiti from Kahungunu ki Wairarapa says the land at Waiwhero was formerly a fish factory.

He says the South Wairarapa District Council should have known about the land's importance to the iwi through a national archaeological database, and failed to tell the new owner it was unsuitable for intensive development.

Waatea News reports that as well as being a former papakainga, the land was the site of a battle when the stream ran red with blood - hence the name Waiwhero.