Aucklanders have long looked like a spineless bunch of tossers, more anxious to be politically correct than to stand up for their property rights against the outrageous demands of local authorities and the tangata whenua.
Or – and there is another way to look at this – Aucklanders recognise that some members of their community are special and should be allowed to dictate to them what they may and may not do.
These special citizens, of course, are the city’s indigenous persons who have increasingly been empowered to influence development decisions.
Auckland’s readiness to subject themselves to the demands of indigenous persons can be seen today in this report in the NZ Herald.
The article deals with an Auckland Council rule that requires building owners to seek iwi approval for work on their land.