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MRAI Newsletter - 24 June 2019

Golf (2012) vs TCDC

I am pleased to let you know that the Environment Court has dismissed Golf (2012)’s Appeal.

The court ruled that “the provisions of the Decisions Version of the District Plan are appropriate and more appropriate than the appellent’s alternative.”

The effect of this decision is that the land occupied by the golf course remains zoned as Open Space.

The full text of the decision is available on the MRAI web site:

We acknowledge the dedicated and enthusiastic MRAI team, joined by the Holes 1 and 2 Group, who worked so well to bring this result. Russell Bartlett QC, supported by barrister

Michael Savage, led our team brilliantly.

Jeff Brown (planning), Rachel de Lambert (landscape architect) and our own Deputy Chair

Keith Cullum formed the key support team that put together the compelling evidence. Rod Cameron of the Holes 1 and 2 Group was indefatigable in his pursuit of this outcome. We also had strong support from Matarangi residents who wrote statements of evidence, Bridget Gilbert and Julia Maskill.

We also acknowledge the strong defence of their decisions by TCDC and their able legal and professional team, led by Andrew Green of Brookfields.

To all our members and friends, thank you for support and patience through this long process.

This could not have been achieved without the financial support of the MRAI membership and the eleven ratepayers who underwrote MRAI costs.

Alastair MacCormick



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