Iwi missed out on con­sul­ta­tion

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS ETHERIDGE

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.

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