This week the Hutt City Council failed in its attempt to force hundreds of houses into heritage zones.
Blackland pitched in last year to help residents fight the proposal, helping them build the ‘Hutt Voluntary Heritage Group’.
The campaign featured boots-on-the-ground PR tactics; distributing thousands of leaflets and guiding homeowners on submissions. Hundreds of residents joined a Facebook group to support the campaign.
A packed public meeting in Petone directed the displeasure of homeowners at Councillors and Council Officers.
Some savvy journalists turned the proposed heritage areas into the most well-known proposal in the Council’s plan change.
This week an independent panel recommended the proposal be scrapped. It called the Hutt Council’s proposed heritage areas “dubious” and its evidential basis “wanting”. The Council accepted the recommendation.