Deal seals own­er­ship of city’s vol­ca­noes

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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.

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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.

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