Iwi missed out on consultation
Iwi did not get a say on the controversial plan to lay artificial turf in Fowlds Park.
An invitation to be part of the decision was emailed to an incorrect address not affiliated with Ngati Whatua o Orakei, Albert-Eden Local Board chairman Peter Haynes says.
The mistake was flagged by Ngati Whatua’s development office as they had not been contacted regarding the project, he says.
Fowlds Park has been earmarked for an upgrade, including laying artificial turf on the fenced-off number two field.
Haynes says consultation with the iwi is now under way.
Auckland Council officers are reviewing how iwi are consulted to make the process ‘‘fail-safe’’.
Ngati Whatua o Orakei spokesman Ngarimu Blair confirms staff are meeting with the local board on the issue.
Local boards and council bodies consult with mana whenua on some proposals under the Resource Management Act.
The legislation ‘‘recognises that Maori have a special cultural and spiritual relationship with the environment and a role in helping to safeguard it on behalf of all New Zealanders’’, Auckland Council says.
Talking with iwi about projects ensures council bodies know the history of certain sites and the effects on the area, it says.
Fowlds Park is one of eight reserves in Albert-Eden flagged for rejuvenation, part of council’s $85 million Sport Field Capacity Development programme.
The Fowlds Park plan includes a four-metre high retaining wall to be built on a lower field and additional flood lighting ( Auckland City Harbour News, April 11).
Work will begin in November, provided resource consent is granted.