Au­thor­ity con­sid­ers re­turn of cross for spe­cial events

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By ROSE CAW­LEY

The Maunga Au­thor­ity says all the boxes were ticked be­fore the Chris­tian cross was re­moved from Mt Roskill.

Ta­puna Maunga o Ta­maki Makau­rau Au­thor­ity chair­man Paul Ma­jurey says it was a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion to bring down the cross. He says au­thor­ity of­fi­cers had been on a ‘‘fact find­ing mis­sion’’ to es­tab­lish the history and di­rec­tive that first saw the coun­cil-owned cross raised. It be­came clear the cross had been left up, unau­tho­rised for four years.

The es­tab­lish­ment of the su­per-city in 2011 meant the tra­di­tion of dis­play­ing and il­lu­mi­nat­ing the cross for Easter and Christ­mas ‘‘was lost sight of’’. ‘‘By re­mov­ing it af­ter Easter this year we took it back to what was hap­pen­ing pre the merg­ing of the legacy coun­cil.’’

He says it did stay up longer than an­tic­i­pated, un­til June 9, while fur­ther con­ver­sa­tions took place.

‘‘Staff met with the fo­rum of church min­is­ters and the lo­cal board to help fa­cil­i­tate lo­cal dis­cus­sions, up­date them on the changes in own­er­ship and dis­cuss the fu­ture process for the cross.’’

He says the au­thor­ity will re­ceive ap­pli­ca­tions for the struc­ture to be put up for sig­nif­i­cant events in the fu­ture.

The Maunga Au­thor­ity is made up of six Maori com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives and six from Auck­land Coun­cil, plus one non-vot­ing Crown rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Mem­bers in­clude Ngarimu Blair (Ngati Whatua Ropu), Chris­tine Fletcher (Al­bertE­den-Roskill ward coun­cil­lor), Tipa Com­pain (Maru­tu­ahu Ropu) and Si­mon Ran­dall ( Maun­gakiekie-Ta­maki Lo­cal Board chair­man).

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