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Little of old redoubt remains

DUBBY HENRY
Last updated 05:00 11/12/2013

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A developer is hitting back at claims its new houses will encroach on a valuable archaeological site.

The Papakura Courier featured a story last week about concerns that the historic Rings Redoubt could be damaged by Cabra Holdings' proposed 150-lot subdivision.

The redoubt was a key European fortress during the New Zealand Wars of the 19th century. It is badly eroded and in poor condition, and it's original boundaries have not been proven.

But an archaeological report commissioned by the Orewa developer says all that remains of the redoubt are traces of the eastern ditch and a north-eastern bastion.

It says those remnants will be kept in a council reserve and it's even extended the amount of land available for the council to buy.

The redoubt originally sat partly on what is now 931 Papakura-Clevedon Rd, which Cabra does not own.

Cabra's resource consent application is open for public submissions until December 18.

Although the reserve will be surrounded by houses, Cabra says it will still be able to be seen from the road.

"The redoubt has been significantly modified over time and the proposal seeks to retain what is left as far as practicable," a company spokesman says.

The historic integrity of the site will be kept intact.

"Rigorous archaeological monitoring will take place during earthworks [within 100m of] the redoubt surrounds to ensure any archaeological material within this area is protected."

Cabra will also apply for an authority from the New Zealand Historic Places Trust if resource consent is granted for works near the redoubt, as required by law for areas associated with pre-1900 human activity.

The company stands by the report's opinion that the redoubt is "not of architectural, scientific or visual interest". Historians are welcome to make submissions on the proposal if they disagree, the spokesman says.

Public submissions can be made at aucklandcouncil. co.nz before December 18. The proposal is available at Sir Edmund Hillary Library and at the council website.

Call 301 0101 for more information

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