Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) built this wall between
the Corstorphine Community Hub and the old Corstorphine
School over Easter. Photo by Jonathan Chilton-Towle.
Dunedin South MP Clare Curran has called for a community
meeting to shed light on what is happening with the so-called
''Great Wall of Corstorphine.''
As reported in The Star, a fence - built by Government
agency Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) between the former
Corstorphine School and a neighbouring community centre
during the Easter holidays - has became a ''hot point'' for
The wall blocks walking routes that have been used by
residents for years. LINZ said it would not put a gate in the
fence because public access through the school was only ever
an ''informal arrangement'' and the paths were not registered
easements. The school is now owned by LA Milton Ltd according
to Dunedin City Council rates information.
Last weekend, South Dunedin Labour MP Clare Curran sent a
letter about the wall to about 300 Corstorphine locals,
calling for expressions of interest in a public meeting.
There had been about 12 responses so far and a meeting was
likely to occur some time in the next two weeks if there was
enough community interest, she said.
The fence was on Crown land that remained unsold but
ownership of the fence was a ''grey area'', Ms Curran said.
''LINZ claims that the fence provides protection to users of
the MoE [Ministry of Education] land from any development
that may be undertaken on the adjacent land in the future.
''The child-care centre, which is allegedly being protected,
was not aware of the fence construction and did not ask for
it,'' she said. Ms Curran said she was disturbed by the
''apparently mindless placement of the obstacle''.
''It's really about negotiation. The DCC is working to find a
solution ... but these things go on behind closed doors,''
''The community needs to know what is happening because they
are the ones being put out.''
Ms Curran would invite key stakeholders including the
Ministry of Education, LINZ, Ngai Tahu, the council, and the
developer to the meeting.
Spokesman for the developer Pat Cummings said he would be
happy to attend a meeting but the best contact for comment
would be the Dunedin City Council.
Dunedin City Council chief executive Sue Bidrose could not be