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PHOTO: A hikoi marches on Parliament in March to present a petition calling for Fletcher Building’s consent for a development to be overturned. Source:

The Māori Affairs select committee is considering the case of contested land intended for a major housing project near Auckland airport.

Ihumātao is owned by Fletcher Building, which has a 480-property development planned for the site.

For the past two years a group of mana whenua and locals who hold the land sacred have occupied it in an effort to stop the development going ahead.

The group behind the campaign, Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL), wants the government to buy the land or “mandate a process that comes up with an outcome everyone can live with”.