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Auckland Treaty deal to be signed today

Three agreements towards Treaty deals are to be signed in Auckland today including one which will see ownership of the area's volcanic cones pass to Maori.Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson said the agreements between Ngati Whatua Or

NZPA
Fri, 12 Feb 2010

Three agreements towards Treaty deals are to be signed in Auckland today including one which will see ownership of the area's volcanic cones pass to Maori.

Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson said the agreements between Ngati Whatua Orakei and Te Kawerau o Maki, as well as a framework agreement dealing with the shared interests of Tamaki region iwi through a Tamaki Collective (Nga Mana Whenua o Tamaki Makaurau) were to be signed.

The Agreement in Principle with Ngati Whatua o Orakei would be signed on the summit of Maungakiekie-One Tree Hill and the others at Old Government House.

Crown-owned parts of 11 of the volcanic cones, or maunga, will be gifted to the Tamaki Collective -- a group of 12 iwi and hapu -- as part of the framework agreement.

The agreement also provided for the members of the collective to share a right of first refusal over core Crown land in the region.

"This agreement is a great step forward for the Treaty settlement process in the Auckland region, which represents around 20 percent of unresolved historical claims," Mr Finlayson said.

"This agreement reflects the importance of the maunga to the iwi and hapu in the collective. The cones were pa sites, battlegrounds, and burial sites.

"They will be co-governed by iwi and the Auckland Council, a move which recognises the importance of these maunga to all Aucklanders, whose use of the maunga will be unaffected."

Ngati Whatua o Orakei, whose area includes central Auckland, will receive $18 million in redress under its Agreement in Principle.

The agreement also provides for the sale and leaseback of Devonport naval base land on commercial terms, the transfer of Purewa Creek Conservation area and a commitment to explore the sale and leaseback of land under Mt Eden Prison. Ngati Whatua o Orakei has around 6000 members.

Te Kawerau a Maki (West Auckland) will receive $6.5m under its Agreement in Principle. It also provides for the transfer of Riverhead Forest along with accumulated rentals, the sale and leaseback of Clark House at Hobsonville, and the exploration of the sale and leaseback of land under Paremoremo Prison and the adjoining housing block.

Cultural redress for Te Kawerau a Maki will include the transfer of parts of the Goldie Bush Scenic Reserve, Henderson Valley Scenic Reserve, Swanson Conservation Area and Te Henga Recreation Reserve. The Kopironui Block (within Woodhill Forest) will be gifted back to Te Kawerau a Maki in recognition of its particular significance to the iwi.

NZPA
Fri, 12 Feb 2010
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