Pussy Riot marches to Parliament over Auckland housing development

Pussy Riot marches to Parliament over Auckland housing development

Russian punk rockers Pussy Riot were part of a protest march in Wellington on Tuesday, calling for a review of a decision allowing a controversial housing development in Auckland to go ahead. OLIVER LOVELL

Russian feminist protest group Pussy Riot has thrown its support behind a campaign against a controversial housing development near Auckland International Airport.

The group, who shot to global fame in 2012 when they staged a performance inside Moscow Cathedral, marched on parliament with members of Save Our Unique Landscape (Soul) on Tuesday.

Soul members presented Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson a petition with more than 18,000 signatures opposing plans for the construction of 500 apartments on 32 hectares of land by Fletcher Building.

The petition asked the Government to review the decision to grant Fletcher Building the rights to build on the land.

“For me it’s an honour to be part of this campaign,” said band member Maria Alyokhina.

The land was considered to be one of the longest inhabited Māori settlements in New Zealand, confiscated under the New Zealand Settlements Act in 1863.

CAPTION: Several Tino Rangatiratanga flags were waving in central Wellington on Tuesday as part of a protest against an Auckland housing development. Oliver Lovell

Soul co-founder Pania Newton, said she was grateful for the solidarity and support shown by Pussy Riot.

Twenty-three members of Soul travelled from Auckland to Wellington over three days stopping at Parihaka Marae on the way.

“It is frustrating that the government can find money for WETA workshop, but can’t find any money to secure this rare and historical landscape,” Newton said.

CAPTION: Protesters gathered on Parliament’s forecourt on Tuesday where a petition was presented calling for a review of the decision which allowed an Auckland housing project to go ahead. Oliver Lovell

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