The motorway option chosen near Wellington goes through sacred Maori Land - an urupa. And tangata whenua are rightly disappointed that the route will disturb their land.
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Takamore Trustees, which oversees the urupa, met agency representatives last month and refused to endorse new adjustments to the routes near the urupa.
Spokesman Ben Ngaia said yesterday that the trustees were waiting to see the detailed maps, but it was "an understatement" to say they were disappointed the western route seemed to have been chosen.
"Out of the two options, the one that we preferred was the eastern because of the level of impact it left on the waahi tapu."Our sacred places are too important to develop them, we should respect them and when we do that we respect ourselves and our connection to this land.