TV3: Unitary Plan wants intensive housing near scenic reserve

What is more important? Desperately needed houses in Auckland, or a view?

Screened on TV3 last Wednesday night: Unitary Plan wants intensive housing near scenic reserve

The Okura estuary was recognised as one of the seven jewels of Auckland by the regional council a few years ago.

The Unitary Plan panel wants to let a development firm build the houses on a plot of land bordering the estuary, across the harbour from a Department of Conservation reserve and around the bay from a regional park.

Some say you can't have both housing and a beautiful view, but it's not just locals and environmentalists upset about this idea.

So the council now have to decide - do homes come before havens?

By Ryan Bridge