The Ihumātao site in South Auckland, New Zealand is Auckland/s oldest settlement and observed as a sacred land by local Māori. In 2013, the land was reserved for housing development plans which local Maori have protested. Members of Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL) have been occupying the land for some time to protect it from being destroyed for industrial purposes, but police have now stepped in to evict them.
Prime Minister Jacinda Arden promised that no building would take place at Ihumatao until the dispute is resolved.
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