April 05, 2018
Opportunities for Ngati Whatua and iwi in America’s Cup
The redevelopment of Auckland’s waterfront to accommodate the America’s Cup regatta could create long term opportunities for mana whenua.
Ngarimu Blair from Ngati Whatua Orakei says the hapu is happy at the compromise plan agreed between Auckland Council, the Government and Team New Zealand which will place most of the syndicates on the former hazardous substances storage area along Wynyard point.
There will be only a small extension of Hobson Wharf to accommodate the challenger of record, Luna Rossa, and Team New Zealand will occupy the Viaduct Events Centre.
Mr Blair says Orakei is coordinating iwi who are interested in taking part, including investing in constructing and owning some of the infrastructure.
It also has a sailing programme for tamariki with Team New Zealand which could be extended to other iwi.
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