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Plan recognises significance of Whenua Rangatira

29 May 2003

Plan recognises historical and cultural significance of Whenua Rangatira

Auckland City Councillor and deputy chairperson of the Ngati Whatua o Orakei Reserves Board, Juliet Yates, today signed the Whenua Rangatira Reserve Management Plan.

The Minister of Conservation, Hon Chris Carter MP, and the chairperson of the Ngati Whatua o Orakei Reserves Board, Sir Hugh Kawharu, also signed the plan.

The Orakei Act 1991 required a management plan be prepared for Takaparawhau, which is the Whenua Rangatira, 49 hectares of Maori Reserve land lying on the harbour edge and between Paritai Drive and Mission Bay. The plan also includes the Okahu Bay Reserve and all the land previously known as Bastion Point.

Councillor Yates is one of three councillors who represent Auckland City Council on the Board which administers the Whenua Rangatira, known as Takaparawhau.

Councillor Yates says Auckland City Council has invested considerable time and effort in its partnership with Ngati Whatua o Orakei and the production of the plan.

“On behalf of Auckland City I want to congratulate Ngati Whatua o Orakei on this very special occasion.

“By signing the plan, the council has not only fulfilled its statutory obligations, it has also recognised the historical and cultural significance of the land.

“We can all now look forward to enjoying Takaparawhau, mindful of the need to respect the privacy of its papakianga community and the land’s rich cultural heritage,” Councillor Yates says.

Auckland City spends approximately $600,000 per annum on the maintenance and development of the Whenua Rangatira.

The plan signed today provides for the management of the Whenua Rangatira in a comprehensive and consistent manner, while recognising and providing for the mana of the Ngati Whatua o Orakei Reserves Board.


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