INDEPENDENT NEWS

Ngāti Paoa agree to keep reserve at Pt England

Published: Mon 27 Jan 2020 07:27 PM
The Ngāti Paoa Iwi Trust, mandated to receive all treaty settlement assets on behalf of Ngāti Paoa, has recently agreed with the Crown to forgo its 11.69-hectare commercial housing opportunity at Pt England reserve. In exchange, Ngāti Paoa will instead receive a further 2 hectares for papakainga housing close to the proposed Marae site at Pt England and will also be able to purchase Auckland school sites (land only) from the Ministry of Education. The remaining land at Pt England will be vested in Ngāti Paoa’s name as a reserve to be co-managed with Auckland Council.
Haydn Solomon, Kaiarahi of the Trust explains “we are extremely grateful to the previous government for providing the original commercial housing opportunity as part of our settlement in 2017. Shortly after the new government was elected, we were invited by Ministers Little, Twyford and Mahuta to look at alternative options in the hope that the land at Pt England might remain a reserve without disadvantaging Ngāti Paoa’s settlement. We agreed to consider it and after two years of working with several Crown agencies and Auckland Council, we are excited and pleased that we have achieved what we believe is a great outcome for both Ngāti Paoa and the city of Auckland.
The revised deal provides several benefits. Ngāti Paoa will still have the land at Pt England returned which is significant for the Iwi given its importance in our history. Ngāti Paoa signed the Treaty of Waitangi just along the waterfront. Being able to build papakainga housing near the Marae means it will be properly supported with accommodation for our kaumatua and the purchase of school sites on lease back to the Crown will provide significant long-term economic benefits.
In addition, as kaitiaki, we remain committed to improving the quality of the reserve land, the Tāmaki River, and Omaru Creek whilst supporting the native bird habitats of the area. This will transform the reserve into an outstanding community space that the people of Auckland will be able to enjoy”.
The revised deal will be voted on by Ngāti Paoa Iwi members as part of the Trusts treaty settlement ratification process which beings on the 3rd of February and ends on 9 March.
ENDS

Next in New Zealand politics

Statement From Police Commissioner Mike Bush Following Guilty Pleas In Operation Deans Prosecution
By: New Zealand Police
Nation Steps Up To COVID-19 Alert Level 2
By: New Zealand Government
Cabinet Approves Business Continuity Package In Response To COVID-19
By: New Zealand Government
Record transport investment in Draft GPS 2021
By: New Zealand Government
On The Loss Of Abortion Safe Zones
By: Gordon Campbell
On The Oil Price Smackdown, And On National’s Fatuous Crusade Against Red Tape
By: Gordon Campbell
Predator Free 2050 Strategy - Expert Reaction
By: Science Media Centre
Land, Air And Sea: Regions To Benefit From NZ Upgrade
By: New Zealand Government
Statement On Guilty Plea Of March 15 Terrorist
By: New Zealand Government
Christchurch mosque attacks: Gunman pleads guilty to all charges
By: RNZ
PM on mosque attacks anniversary: 'A year on gives us a chance as a nation to reflect'
By: RNZ
Dunne Speaks: Nothing Much Has Changed Since March 15
By: Peter Dunne
Statement On Guilty Plea
By: Royal Commission of Inquiry into Attack on ChCh
Guilty Plea By Accused In Christchurch Mosque Attacks
By: Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand
Life In Prison Looms For Australia's Christchurch Gunman, Now NZ's First Convicted Terrorist
By: The Conversation
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media