June 13, 2016
Tree planting celebrates settlement
Nine totara and pohutukawa seedlings are now in place on the summit of Maungakiekie – One Tree Hill, as part of a project to replace the monterey pine removed 16 years ago.
Tamaki Makaurau Tupuna Maunga Authority chair Paul Majurey says the replanting had to await the settlement of historic claims to the region and agreement among the tribes of Auckland.
He says Saturday’s dawn ceremony showed what a success the settlement has been, especially in raising awareness of the importance of the volcanic cones to the city.
"We drive past them every day, walked past them, walked through them, and what has been fundamental about the settlement and the establishment of the Tupuna Maunga Trust and the Maunga Authority is bringing them back into people's consciousness. They are not just parks, they are important spaces, the names of them, and just how we conceive of them," Mr Majurey says.
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