Unconsented earth works by Horowhenua District Council at Kowhai Park Recreational Reserve in Levin is being legally challenged on the grounds the work extends across waahi tapu and related sites of significance.
In her affidavit to the Environment Court Vivienne Taueki of Mua Upoko hapu Ngati Tamarangi said the pipeline construction at Queen Street drain should be prohibited until the council has obtained a resource consent and complied with statutes and regulations affecting sites of significance to Maori.
Legal firm Buddle Finlay, representing the council, stated Ms Taueki's application would be opposed on the grounds it, "seeks to hinder works that Horowhenua District Council wishes to
carry out promptly."
In an affidavit council's Infrastructure Services project manager Gerard O'Neill disputed Kowhai Park is an archaeological site or that an archaeological authority is required for filling in the drain.