Followers of a religious sect are setting up shop on sacred land in South Auckland, Newsroom reveals. A multi-million-dollar centre for worshippers of a controversial guru is taking shape in a sacred and historic part of Auckland – Ihumātao stonefields. The project has enjoyed support from local iwi and hapū, with whom the group worked closely in the consent process, particularly Te Ākitai Waiohua, Te Kawerau a Maki and the nearby Makaurau Marae. The development is entirely funded through donations and volunteer work.