29 Apr 2013

Te Arawa Trust supports expressway opponents

6:37 am on 29 April 2013

Te Arawa Lakes Trust is supporting a group, including three hapu, in opposing a new expressway in Rotorua and says it will go directly to government ministers.

It is proposed that the Rotorua Eastern Arterial will run from the airport, close to the edge of Lake Rotorua, towards Sala Street.

Members from Ngati Hurunga Te Rangi, Te Roro o te Rangi and Ngati Uenukukopako hapu were among 140 people who banded together at a hui about two weeks ago over the issue.

Te Arawa Lakes Trust chair Toby Curtis says he supports their cause.

Mr Curtis says if a house has to be removed to make way for the expressway, the trust wants to make sure that a replacement house is of equal or better quality so that everybody is satisfied with the process.

Otherwise, Mr Curtis says he could help them by going directly to the Minister of Transport or the Environment Minister.

A spokesperson for Ngati Hurunga Te Rangi, Selwyn Insley, says alternative land will never compensate for the whenua taken for any roading project.

But he says he appreciates the support from Mr Curtis.