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Developers want politicians to stay out of their Shelly Bay business

News Release from Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust
The partners behind the $500 million Shelly Bay property development say they want politicians to stay out of their business as they work towards a resolution of the year-long occupation of the site.

Shelly Bay Taikuru is a partnership between The Wellington Company and Taranaki Whānui Limited – the commercial arm of The Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust.

“We are deeply disappointed by the amount of political interference in our project which is stopping us from realising the benefits for our people,” says Toa Pomare, Chair of Taranaki Whānui Limited.

“Ideally, politicians will leave us to find our own solutions so we can move forward with confidence.”

Ian Cassels of The Wellington Company says the developers are working hard to ensure the health and safety of the public and the trespassers at Shelly Bay who are camped besides asbestos-contaminated buildings which are earmarked for demolition.

“We’ve been very patient and will keep working to achieve a positive outcome, but the politics isn’t helping.”

Taranaki Whānui is holding ongoing conversations with its own uri on resolving the situation at Shelly Bay.

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  1. Harold Rodd, 19. November 2021, 19:44

    What happened to the eviction notices?

  2. Ian Apperley, 20. November 2021, 13:19

    Dubious use of the words “partners” and “trespassers.”

    “…but the politics isn’t helping.” No, it’s not, and these “partners” should really refrain from politicking. They need to hire a better PR firm.

  3. Sue, 20. November 2021, 16:43

    Be interesting to know who they are talking to as Mau Whenua are not negotiating, and the Occupiers are not on Ian Cassels’ land they are on land that belongs to the WCC.

  4. Concerned Wellingtonian, 21. November 2021, 7:28

    In view of the public interest and the fact that WCC is meant to be a public body you would expect there to be a monthly report on progress (on the sale of our land as well as the little blue penguins). This should surely go to next week’s monthly Council Meeting, an ideal opportunity to mention the latest about the CEO’s activities you would think. Why keep these, and the reasons for them, secret?

  5. Sue, 22. November 2021, 12:40

    This development started with the National Party’s Haasha agreement, it then moved to WCC to agree to the selected areas; so if this was not to be political, then the developers and PNBST should never have got involved in the first place.