August 23, 2017
Maori team plan helps win maunga contract
The Tupuna Maunga Authority says cultural factors were part of the decision to give a five year maintenance contract for 12 of the 14 Auckland volcanic cones it manages to Recreational Services Limited
Chair Paul Majurey says the values at the core of the maunga maintenance contract are unique and require an approach that is different to other open spaces in the Auckland region.
The maunga are among the most significant spiritual, cultural, historical, archaeological and geological landscapes in the Auckland region and every aspect of their visual presentation conveys their significance to mana whenua as taonga tuku iho or (treasures handed down the generations and to all the people of Auckland.
He says attitude was important in the tendering process.
"Both in the way they approached the tender and the recognition that having Maori capability as part of their team was important so capacity for our people in terms of boots ont he ground and getting jobs and also their recognition of that Maori world view," Mr Majurey says.
The Tupuna Maunga Authority will be part of the interview panel for the nine new staff who will be taken on as part of the contract, including a Maori leader.
The maintenance contract covers the management of assets and maintenance of buildings and open spaces; sportsfield maintenance and renovations; cleaning services; locking and unlocking services, as well as some vegetation maintenance.
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