Readers might be aware that Parliament is currently considering the ‘Nga Mana Whenua o Tamkai Makaurau Collective Redress Bill’. The purpose of the Bill is to transfer the bulk of Auckland’s volcanic cones to iwi and to set up a co-governance structure between iwi and Auckland Council. Full public access to the cones is retained.
We are basically supportive of the settlement. Our cones, particularly in Puketapapa/Mt Roskill have been terribly neglected under sole Council stewardship and we are hopeful that working together with iwi there will be impetus to undertake much needed restoration.
The main concern that we have is that local communities and Local Boards don’t get much of a look in under the proposed structure and legislation. We have raised this repeatedly within Auckland Council, but have not received much of a hearing. To try and advance these points we have therefore submitted to the Parliamentary committee considering the Bill. Our main proposals are:
- Guarantee Local Board representation on the Maunga Authority that will govern the cones.
- Require the Maunga Authority to establish localised consultation structures
- Allow groups and people to submit views directly to the Maunga Authority
The full submission is below…