November 28, 2019
Vision for maunga in Owairaka Accord
Mana whenua iwi and environmental groups have signed what they call the Owairaka Accord offering a vision for Auckland’s volcanic cones.
The Accord was read by Tūpuna Maunga Authority chair Paul Majurey at the end of a hui on Ōwairaka maunga at which opponents of the plan to remove 345 pest trees seemed unmoved by arguments it was a carefully considered and professional plan.
The Accord declares the return of the tūpuna maunga to mana whenua and the statutory co-governance board were mana whenua and Auckland Council sit as equals are steps along the way to a true partnership under the constitutional korowai of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
It says Tāmaki Mākaurau is enriched by renewed appreciation of ancestral landscapes.
The parties fully support the long term intergenerational vision for the restoration of the maunga at Ōwairaka and throughout Tāmaki Mākaurau.
Signatories include Mana Whenua, Forest and Bird, the Tree Council, Friends of Maungawhau and Generation Zero.
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