July 04, 2022
Board ready to set Ihumaatao fate
There’s movement on the future of Ihumaatao land with the appointment if crown representatives to the steering committee which will determine its fate.
Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson says Charlotte Severne and Bernie O’Donnell have extensive experience and will be integral in supporting a collective approach to Ihumaatao.
Under the memorandum of understanding that brought an end to the occupation of the e land in December 2020, the committee or Rōpu Whakahaere is made up of six members; one representative appointed by Kīngitanga, three representatives of Ahi Kā groups appointed through tikanga processes facilitated by Kīngitanga, and two crown representatives.
Auckland Council will provide an observer.
The Rōpu Whakahaere will decide the future use of the land and develop a management plan.
Mr Jackson expects the process to take up to five years.
Mr O’Donnell, who chairs the Manukau Urban Māori Authority, has been appointed for four years.
Dr Severne, who is also the Māori Trustee and chief executive of Te Tumu Paeroa, has a two year appointment.