When is a Dot Not a Dot? – When it’s Over 3 Hectares! (8 acres)

purple_dot_caveat_sWhen reading the item below, be aware that the Auckland Council now asserts that the purple dots do not relate to the size of the area. They claim that the dots on the map merely show where the site is situated and that they do not correspond to precise measurements. Interestingly, the council has indicated that it is considering reducing the size of the buffer zone, down from 50 metres. That notion may be a red herring or possibly a sop to reduce the heat the Council is getting from alarmed ratepayers. If the foregoing is true, it doesn’t deal with the undemocratic, racial bias of the issue though. All it does is reduce the number of ratepayers who would be mired in such racial bureaucracy and possibly see their house values collapse, along with their property rights subjugated.


Most of the maps showing the Auckland Unitary Plan’s [AUP] purple dot pestilence are drawn from the Auckland Council web site. The scale is such that it’s hard to get a proper appreciation of those dots. When they are seen for what they are, it is indeed alarming. To demonstrate just how big the so-called “Sites of Value to Mana Whenua” really are and to give the plague of purple dots some realistic and tangible perspective that’s more easily grasped, the map was enlarged and, using the scale provided . . .
A purple dot is 3.2 hectares or 7.96 acres. Looking at one example in Papatoetoe, a ‘dot’ that big takes in at least 44 residential properties and their associated roading and reserve areas.
purple dot
If the additional “anything within 50 metres” buffer is added to the existing 200 metre diameter of a purple dot, it jumps in size to 7.17 Ha or 17.7 acres, doubling the number of residential properties which are affected, to approximately 88.
Some ‘dots’ overlap, some encompass water and some are not in residential areas. However, if the 3600 number of purple dots was halved to roughly allow for that, that would mean 1800 x 88 houses = 158,400 residences affected in the AUP area.
From what can be seen in the AUP maps, a purple dot (sounds tiny, doesn’t it?), when located on a residential area near the coast, would take in 15-25 houses/sections with an equivalent sized chunk of beach, roading, reserves and adjacent sea. (The “within 50 metres buffer” proximity add-on would change those estimates.)
purple dot 2
For Aucklanders, that’s a nasty rash of purple dots to find a cure for.
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