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On Friday, 17 July 2020, SKP Inc (SKP), a Waiheke Island based community group, filed an application with the Court of Appeal asking the Court to hear its appeal against a marina planned for Kennedy Point, Waiheke Island.

At the heart of its case is a claim by SKP that Auckland Council provided consent for the marina resource application without hearing from the Ngāti Pāoa Trust Board (Trust Board), the mana whenua representative for Ngāti Pāoa in respect of Resource Management Act matters.

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On Friday 19 June 2020, the High Court issued its judgement, dismissing SKP Inc’s Appeal against the decision of the Environment Court dated 13 December 2019 which refused to grant SKP’s rehearing application. Over the next week SKP will review the judgment and obtain legal advice about the next steps available, as well as consult with SKP members and supporters.

 

And while on the face of it, the High Court dismissal represents a further setback for SKP Inc in its attempt to stop the marina from going ahead at Kennedy Point Bay, the judgment also represents a significant win for environmental groups, iwi and community groups throughout New Zealand. Especially those who are fighting to protect the environment and Māori Cultural values and who feel they are either being excluded or not being heard.

 

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SKP Marina battle heads to high court

Environment Judge David Kirkpatrick of Auckland has been appointed as the Principal Environment Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today - 20 May 2020.

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SKP Marina battle heads to high court

After two years of fighting through the court system, Waiheke community group Save Kennedy Point Inc (SKP) is preparing for its day in court - this time, the High Court. SKP has been fighting a proposed marina at Kennedy Point since Kennedy Point Boatharbour Ltd applied for resource consent in 2016. Auckland Council planning commissioners granted consent for the marina in May 2017.

In 2018 the Environment Court heard SKP’s appeal of the consent, with the court deciding to uphold consent for the marina. Later that year, SKP applied for a rehearing in the Environment Court and made a late application to the High Court to appeal the Environment Court’s decision. The High Court declined that application, saying that the matters raised could be dealt with by the Envi¬ronment Court when it considered the rehearing application.

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Chloe Swarbrick says she’s ready to run hard for Auckland Central.

“It’s one thing to be an awesome local MP who’s good at helping people navigate the system and it’s another to take those issues into parliament to change the system that produces those problems. That’s my proposition,” she says.

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Yesterday, (Tuesday 2 June 2020) SKP’s formidable barrister, James Gardner-Hopkins spoke to the High Court in front of Justice Gault on behalf of SKP’s 4 year battle to save Kennedy Point.

Flanked by resident SKP supporters, including the original battlers Thomas Greve and Kathryn Ngapo, the second-wavers ‘Kathy Voyles, Jeanne Reynolds, Jacqueline Carter and Ngāti Pāoa reps Donella Roebeck, Dave Roebeck and Karla Allies - for almost 5 hours and with over 1000 pages of Court materials, James did us proud.

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SKP Marina battle heads to high court

Just when you thought the marina battle was over…. (at least, that’s what the developer wants everyone to think).

 Yesterday, on 5 May 2020, SKP filed its Appeal submissions with the High Court. A copy of the submissions are available here.

 SKP’s High Court Appeal submissions follow months of hard work and preparation - and present what SKP believe is its best case and opportunity to have the Kennedy Point marina resource consent application reheard by the Environment Court.

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SKP Files Applcation to Recuse Judge

‘Maori voices ignored’ as environmental protection group takes fight against Waiheke marina to the High Court

On Friday 24 January 2020, SKP Incorporated (SKP) filed a Notice of Appeal with the High Court, Auckland, appealing the Environment Court’s (EC) decision not to grant a rehearing for the Kennedy Point marina resource consent application (the Appeal). SKP’s rehearing application had focused on new Maori cultural evidence of the Ngati Paoa Trust Board (the Trust Board). That new evidence is that Ngati Paoa does not support the marina, and that as a result the EC should grant a rehearing to properly consider this new and important Maori cultural evidence.

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