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“Significant Natural Areas”: Wellington City Council’s Plan to Expropriate and Rewild Home Gardens

Barbara McKenzie started this petition to Wellington City Council

Wellington City Council has designated some 160 “Significant Natural Areas” in the District Plan. This policy will give protected status to part or all of 1693 private properties, mostly the back gardens of suburban homes. As a consequence of this high-handed action, homeowners:

  • Lose the right to use and enjoy their property as they wish;
  • Suffer a loss – often dramatic – in the value of their property.
  • Are experiencing extreme distress as a consequence.

The Council’s SNA policy is:

  • Counter productive: Council’s weaponising of native bush provides a huge disincentive to encourage native regrowth.
  • Undemocratic: there has been no public debate; this was not a declared policy by any candidate at the last local election. Efforts to inform affected owners or the public at large have been inadequate.
  • Dishonest: native plants regenerating on former farmland, toxic weeds, camellias and agapanthus do NOT constitute significant indigenous biodiversity of national importance under the RMA.
  • Unlawful: The Council claims authority from the Resource Management Act, Section 6 (c). There is nothing in the RMA that justifies the forced rewilding of environmentally insignificant land in private ownership.
  • Unconstitutional:  Legislation Guidelines adopted by Cabinet in 2021 recognise respect for property as a fundamental constitutional principle: “People are entitled to the peaceful enjoyment of their property”.
  • Totally contrary to New Zealand values, and the values of a modern democratic society.

The purpose of the policy is to forcibly rewild private property, riding rough-shod over the rights, wishes and interests of Wellingtonians, and to normalise land expropriation.

Furthermore, by overlaying existing reserves with an SNA designation, there are  implications for the use, management and development of public parks and open spaces.

Wellington City Councils SNA policy is unworkable on multiple levels.  The Council must:

  • Remove all reference to SNAs in the district plan;
  • Apologise to landowners for unjustifiably causing angst and expense.

Full petition

December 13, 2021 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Environmentalism | ,

1 Comment »

  1. Land grabs, health passes, we can all see where this is heading based on history as well as new innovations on the same themes!
    The White Rose had an article about who is behind it, so I did some further homework. And yes, it looked like a setup.

    You can blame the mouth pieces for the WEF too and the key player might surprise you.

    The push to get everyone vaxxed may have more to do with getting everyone hooked up on a digital control system than it is about health.

    The trans tasman counter part of Oz ie New Zealand have let the cat out of the bag in this regard.

    Watch “4TH Industrial Revolution and New Zealand Roll” on YouTube

    Doc link below. Just look at the timeline on page 5, it looks well dodgy like it was planned.

    Click to access WEF_Reimagining_Regulation_Age_AI_2020.pdf

    I am not sure how this fits into other countries but it looks like NZ were picked to be the trial.

    The passport will then be linked to a digital wallet.

    Just like Gazuntite Pass, could it ever happen again?

    New Zealand seems to be the key driver powered by the WEF.

    Hopefully the YouTube video won’t be censored by the time you see this but the doc links is attached anyway.


    Comment by IMSTAR | December 14, 2021 | Reply

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