< August 2019 newsletter

Goff replies to complaint over the Tūpuna Maunga Authority – claiming no mandate to intervene

Last month we reported on the Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Mākaurau Authority meeting of May 6, at which members of the public who made presentations were abused and berated by members of the authority. Please see below a copy of a media release by one of the presenters, outlining his concerns.

One of our members who also attended this meeting contacted the Mayor of Auckland with a complaint about such disrespectful behaviour. Mayor Goff replied that in his view an investigation is not called for, the rationale for his decision including the following reasons:

  • The Authority was established by an Act of Parliament. It has obligations and responsibilities under this Act to carry out its functions in relation to the Maunga, having regard to the spiritual, ancestral, cultural, customary and historical significance of the administered lands to Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau. All decisions made by the Authority are required to be considered through this lens.
  • Auckland Council cannot and would not supersede the legislative mandate of the Authority in carrying out its responsibilities.

Please see below for a copy of the letter.

There is no doubt that under the legislation that established the Tūpuna Maunga Authority the citizens of Auckland have been disenfranchised, and our elected representatives made powerless when it comes to the maunga of Auckland. The authority is adamant that it acts in the interests of the maunga and Maori, and is not required to consider the views of the wider community. Yet it is the ratepayers of Auckland who foot the bill for the Authority and its decisions.

However, as a token of inclusiveness, the public are formally invited to comment on the Proposed Tūpuna Maunga Integrated Management Plan Strategies  

But, given the Authority's track record, unless you are a member of a local iwi, your input is likely to be disregarded. 

Written submissions are invited - you have until 5pm August 16. Email to: MaungaStrategies@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Despite being at odds with a value held in high esteem under tikanga - i.e. kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face, in person), there will be no in-person hearings.

N.B. The Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau Collective Redress Deed is the legislation that brought into effect the Tūpuna Maunga Authority. To view the deed please click HERE.

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Co-governance – the Trojan horse of iwi control

Some think co-governance is being nice and inclusive - but it's not working out that way in practice. All is not well in the co-governance arrangements we have been observing in Auckland. We have reported previously on how the citizens of Devonport have been treated by the Tūpuna Maunga Authority. This unfortunate state of affairs was reinforced at the Authority’s hui on May 6th. Continue reading

Devonport citizens continue the fight against autocratic decision-making

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The Maori world view - 'military' style gates on Mt Albert

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North Head now controlled by Tupuna Maunga Authority

As part of a Treaty of Waitangi settlement, 14 volcanic cones were given to 13 iwi and hapū of Auckland when the Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau Collective Redress Deed passed into law in 2014. North Head (Maungauika) is the last of these to come under the control of the Tupuna Maunga Authority (TMA) - when it was transferred from the Department of Conservation on January 18.  Continue reading

Maunga Authority Snubbing Local Community

For an example of what we can expect from a co-governance entity we need look no further than the Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority here in Auckland. The Authority is presently imposing its car ban on Mt Victoria-Takarunga, with a minimum of consultation and all but ignoring the normal political channels for approving such a major change, according to Devonport based journalist Geoff Chapple, in an opinion piece published in the NZ Herald on 20th February: Continue reading