'Historic' day for Auckland iwi
Thu, 07 Jun 2012 2:32p.m.
Iconic sites in Auckland such as Mt Eden, One Tree Hill, Mt Smart and Mt Wellington have been handed over from the Crown to local iwi today.
The ownership of 14 volcano cones has been given to the Tamaki Collective after a deal was signed at the Auckland War Memorial Museum today, addressing the historical claims of the iwi collective.
Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson says the deal is particularly momentous because it concerns land that is of “extremely high historical, spiritual and cultural significance”.
The cones to be transferred in ownership make up a significant portion of Auckland and its suburbs – Three Kings, One Tree Hill, Wiri Mountain, North Head, Mt Wellington, Mt Eden, Mt Albert, Mt Roskill, Mt St John, Mt Hobson, Pigeon Mountain, Mt Richmond, Mt Smart and Mt Victoria.
The deal will also involve name changes to 20 cones and islands, many that have not yet been named and some that will be changed.
Four islands in the Hauraki gulf, including Rangitoto and Motuihe, will be given to a group of local iwi and hapū, who will then gift them back to the Crown.
The changes may finally bring a tree back to One Tree Hill, after being without one for 12 years, Fairfax reports. Auckland Council had previously decided not to re-plant on the hill until an agreement was reached with local iwi.
''This is a significant step forward for the iwi of Auckland and the wider community as we move towards putting the grievances of the past behind us and look forward to the future,” says Mr Finlayson.
Auckland Mayor Len Brown called the move historic, saying it was important milestone.
“This settlement will go a long way to securing the interests of generations to come in Auckland, whether they be mana whenua or others,” says Mr Brown.
“I am pleased to see this coming together of iwi and hapū, to reach a collective agreement with the Crown. It should provide a firm base for settling individual treaty claims and for new opportunities, including economic development and cultural expression.
“The sharing of responsibilities should provide a different perspective on how we treat this important part of our city’s heritage, going forwards.”
The settlement will not affect public use and access rights to the land, including existing buildings and leases.
However, the iwi collective will have first right of refusal for land or buildings the Crown proposes to dispose of in the area.
A co-governance body made up of members of the council, the iwi collective and the Crown will look after the areas, and $400,000 has been allocated towards the setup costs of the governance body.
The Tamaki Collective is made up of Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, Ngāti Maru, Ngāti Pāoa, Ngāti Tamaoho, Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Te Ata, Ngāti Whanaunga, Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Te Ākitai, Te Kawerau ā Maki, Te Patukirikiri and Te Runanga o Ngāti Whātua.
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8/06/2012 8:10:33 a.m.
Once again JOHNMILLAN. Thanks for the prediction. Due to the accuracy of predictions it is clear you must be wining the lotto on a regular basis? perhaps you can use that money to buy the airports back when us Maori own it all in the future? Too bad you can see foward so accurately but not see back so accurately.
8/06/2012 7:30:29 a.m.
This didn't happen over night.As with all treaty claims and all settlements it has taken decades. Recent in the news was the poor working conditions on fishing vessels on foreign contracted boats. Now didn't Iwi pick up a huge chunk of our fishing quota to give jobs to Maori which they then contacted to foreign fishing boats? About every 20 years since signing the treaty Maori have demanded or taken stuff and this is forgotten. It is also forgotten that Maori sold NZ more than 2x over pre treaty and the treaty was to help end this practise.The treaty stopped a slaughter of Maori which would have happened if the sale of land by Maori was allowed to continue and for Maori to claim ownership again immediately after. 1. it put the crown in control so there were no more Maori selling and claiming they still owned the land. 2. It stopped abuses by settlers buying from Maori (including buying with firearms). Need to put 'value' in perspective as the going rate even much later was under $0.02 an acre. Even today most land in NZ is still crown owned.Maori under the treaty gained the right to own land. This meant that when Maori sold land post-treaty, they couldn't then claim it back again. British subjects had the right to own land, and Maori gained rights of British subjects. Take when NZ has had conscription, for some reason it has never applied to Maori? Again, one rule for everyone but Maori, and another for Maori - pure racist laws.Maori should have equal rights with other NZ'rs - not more, not less. We should remove all racist laws from NZ. Eg we had laws that excluded 'Chinese' from voting. This was a racist law that treated 'Chinese' differently due to their race, so we got rid of it. We need to do the same for every other racist law in NZ, of which we have hundreds.
7/06/2012 10:09:28 p.m.
Any thing !just too keep the Maori party on the right side of National.Soon the roads, rail ,plane runaways, also shipping lanes ,will be owned by the Maori and us Pakeha will have too go to court too be able to use them.And Finlayson will make sure they get what they want.Soon we will see another Maori war,call me racist,but the Racist are the ones who never signed any agreement when the laws we drawn up,but are being given every thing in their powers to get through a coalition agreement with the Nats.That is why they went to the Nats as Labour would not give them all their wants,and could see the writing on the wall that only the real greedy are those who will benefit from all of this give give give.
7/06/2012 9:43:14 p.m.
JOHNC. By stating that these people freely sold their land in 1840 it is already clear you have not the slightest fact to bring to the table. Please do not publish your opinions and theories on this website.
7/06/2012 9:06:56 p.m.
mike jeffery wrote:
Just hope that they will all erupt simultaneous for the sake of the country,and the rest of those who live here,While Finlayson is citing the last oath.
7/06/2012 3:20:37 p.m.
And were the people of Auckland consulted about their land being given to an iwi?
One Tree Hill is vested in the Cornwall Park Trust Board. Is the Government now in the habit of stealing land from charities and giving it to wealthy corporations?
These iwi freely sold their land in the 1840's. They have no legitimate land grievance. But the people of Auckland now have a major grievance with the Government.
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