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Remove Te Papa Museum's Chairperson, an ENVIRONMENTAL VANDAL

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The Chair of Te Papa Museum (Evan C. Williams) must be removed from his role immediately unless he agrees to cease his extremely destructive housing development (Weiti Bay) and restore the land to a natural state.

Mr Williams is using bully tactics by threatening legal action to individuals and community groups that are speaking out.

Evan C. Williams is the head of Williams Land Ltd., a property development company that is doing earthworks next to Long Bay Okura Marine Reserve, one of the only estuary marine reserves in New Zealand. He is building a gated community and causing truckloads of dirt and fine sediment to pour into streams, which flow into a marine reserve. This is choking the marine ecosystem, the wildlife it supports, and is destroying a national treasure that should be for everyone to enjoy.

His property development has blocked and destroyed an intertidal stream, turning it into an overflowing mud trap. The stream historically formed a sand bar at high tide, which supported a roost of rare godwits, dotterels and other wading birds. This has now been destroyed.

His property development is causing truckloads of mud to flow into the Karepiro Stream, which was formerly known as the most pristine intertidal stream entering the Hauraki Gulf. The mud is ending up in the ocean where it is choking the ecosystem to death.

His property development has allowed invasive weeds to spread across the majority of this treasured landscape (Weiti Station - 2,135 acres). These are spreading quickly and are destroying the many significant coastal forests in the area as they outcompete the native plant species.

Despite the significant impacts that his property development is having on marine, intertidal, and forest ecosystems, Evan C. Williams wants to build more houses, even with outcries from the local communities and a decision by Auckland Council to restrict his development from 1750 houses to 550

It is grossly hypocritical to have an environmental vandal serving as Chair of Te Papa, which is responsible for protecting and restoring our natural and cultural taonga (treasure). Evan C. Williams is using his position as Chair of Te Papa to increase his status as a property developer and to "greenwash" people that his businesses are “environmentally friendly”.

Someone has to stick up for vulnerable places like the Long Bay Okura Marine Reserve and that is what we are trying to do. Your support is appreciated!

It’s time for Evan C. Williams to go! 

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