Titirangi is not 'just trees' but a 'way of life'

About 200 people packed into Woodlands Park School for a public meeting on the proposed water treatment plant in ...
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About 200 people packed into Woodlands Park School for a public meeting on the proposed water treatment plant in Titirangi on June 14.

Titirangi's way of life is under threat by Watercare's plans for a water treatment plant, the Titirangi Protection Group (TPG) says.

The group held a public meeting on June 14 to talk about its opposition to the $317 million plant, attended by about 200 people and local politicians.

In a press release TPG said the bush-filled site was marked on the unitary plan as having significant ecological value.

People stand on the Titirangi roundabout on June 5 protesting Watercare's plans for a new water treatment platn.
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People stand on the Titirangi roundabout on June 5 protesting Watercare's plans for a new water treatment platn.

At risk was bush covering nearly as much land as Eden Park, it said.

"This proposal, should it proceed, could set a terrible precedent for council and their council-controlled organisations to run rough shod over agreed plans to provide protection of sensitive land, and over community views and their wish to be involved in the process," the press release said.

"Titirangi is more than just trees. The locals really value being part of a bush living community, it's a way of life that needs protecting, as does the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area for the benefit of the wider Auckland region. The fight is not over – the community will be heard."

These trees are within the footprint of draft plans for the water treatment plant. Final plans have not yet been released.
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These trees are within the footprint of draft plans for the water treatment plant. Final plans have not yet been released.

Watercare spokesperson Maxine Clayton said the next phase in the plant replacement involved design work, and a community liaison group would soon be set up and worked with "as we further develop the proposal".

"The intention is to encourage constructive community dialogue with a view to minimising adverse effects and delivering good community outcomes."

Watercare's board has asked for the plant to be designed avoiding, where possible, significant trees and significant ecological effects.

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