WE ARE ECSTATIC! Huge win for New Zealand!!

The Environment Court has declined Okura Holdings’ appeal to develop a 1000+ house subdivision adjacent to the Long Bay Okura Marine Reserve! This has been a momentous battle. Together we raised $320,000 to save this precious area. Thanks to everyone for helping us in so many ways. #SaveOkura

This is what the Court had to say:
The Environment Court has declined Okura Holdings’ appeal to develop a 1000+ house subdivision adjacent to the Long Bay Okura Marine Reserve! This has been a momentous battle. Together we raised $320,000 to save this precious area. Thanks to everyone for helping us in so many ways. #SaveOkura

This is what the Court had to say:

“We were not confident that the OHL proposal would protect marine ecology from adverse effects”

“The OHL proposal will have significant adverse effects on natural character and landscape values of the site and surrounding environment.”

“OHL and its advisors failed to take a broad overview … the distinctive sense of place and special character qualities of the Estuary and its high vulnerability to potential adverse effects of urban development”