Council Looking Down the Barrel of a Wrong Decision Over Hobsonville Point – UPDATED

The Henderson Valley Film Studios tipped below to be replaced by new film studios in Hobsonville Point. The multimillion dollar investment from Westies via their rates created the Film Studios.   West Aucklanders as shareholders never saw a return. (For a full background on the Film Studios Financial Issues Link Here.)

Now, it looks like some business success, with international opportunities and council investment in the industry, and the business will go to Hobsonville Point?

The article details that Council was unable to make a go of the Yachting industry originally planned for Hobsonville Pt and Deputy Mayor Hulse says that now “other options need to be considered that provide the best outcomes for both the local area and the wider region in terms of homes and jobs”. But the question for our Elected Members should be what is the best outcome for Waitakere’s local area and jobs?

This appears to be the loss of a strategic sustainable local industry from an area deprived of employment and opportunities to a new affluent housing precinct with a significant business precinct down the road in Constellation Drive . There has been no public consultation on this decision and the impacts it could have for Henderson, Sunnyvale, Oratia , the Waitakere Foothills and the Waitakere Ranges. Death by a thousand cuts.

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