Deal seals ownership of city’s volcanoes
The Crown has signed a collective deed to settle historical claims by Maori to volcanic cones and islands in the Auckland area.
A signing ceremony was held on September 8 at the Auckland War Memorial Museum to return volcanic cones, islands and reserves to the 13 iwi and subtribes that comprise the Tamaki Collective.
Treaty of Waitangi Minister Christopher Finlayson and Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples represented the Crown at the signing.
in attendance were iwi and groups negotiating as the Tamaki Collective and mayor Len Brown.
Mr Finlayson says the move is a critical step towards settling all historical Treaty grievances in the Auckland region.
‘‘This deed of settlement resolves some of the most complex overlapping claims and shared interests in the country,’’ he says.
‘‘The relationships built here lay the foundations for a better future for iwi and hapu, the Crown and the city of Auckland.’’
The deed places the ownership of 14 volcanic cones, or maunga, in the Tamaki Collective.
The mountains will be co-governed by the Tamaki Collective, representatives of Auckland Council and a Crown representative.
Mr Finlayson says this integrated management approach will benefit all parties and ensure preservation of Auckland’s iconic landmarks.
There will be no changes to public access and usage rights.
Existing third party rights including infrastructure, buildings and leases maintained.
In addition to the mountains, the titles to four Hauraki Gulf islands – Rangitoto, Motutapu, Motuihe and Tiritiri Matangi – will be placed with the Tamaki Collective.
The collective will then gift the islands back to the Crown, however it will retain the summit of Rangitoto and two small sites associated with historical waka mooring.
Despite being signed, the deed of settlement will be scrutinised by Parliament before it is passed into law.