Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Proposed New Agreement on Waitara Endowment Lands

31 July 2014

Proposed New Agreement on Waitara Endowment Lands

A new way forward on the future of the Waitara endowment lands will be considered by the Council tomorrow (FRIDAY).

A proposal being negotiated between Te Atiawa’s post-settlement governance entity (PSGE) and New Plymouth District Council provides for a local bill, to be promoted by the Council with the full support of Te Atiawa, which would see the iwi own some land in Waitara and have first right of refusal on other land, in addition to their treaty settlement with the Crown.

In exchange, the iwi would support the removal of all statutory trusts and restrictions from the Waitara endowment land and any income and sale proceeds from the land.

At an extraordinary meeting tomorrow (FRIDAY) the Council will consider authorising the Mayor and Chief Executive to negotiate and enter into a high-level heads of agreement with the PSGE to advance the proposal, subject to the Council’s Local Government Act obligations and other statutory obligations.

Mayor Andrew Judd says the proposal is the result of discussions between the Council, the Crown, Te Atiawa Iwi Authority and the PSGE.

“The proposed land transfer includes 34ha of land hugely significant in New Zealand’s history, known as the Pekapeka Block. It was here that the New Zealand Wars started over a dispute about the questionable purchase of this land by the Crown,” says the Mayor.

“This is a way for the iwi to have land to stand on in Waitara and for the Council to be able to use the proceeds from endowment land for the betterment of the entire Waitara community,” he says.

The proposal entails:
• The Council transferring the title to 40ha of Waitara endowment land to Te Atiawa, comprising 34ha managed as park and grazing land on the seaward side of Battiscombe Terrace (including Marine Park and the Marine Park Motor Camp) and the 6ha Clifton Park. Management and control of the land would remain with the Council, and existing public access and recreational uses would be preserved.
• The establishment of a separate legal entity that would include representation by Te Atiawa, to have responsibility for applying the NPDC’s share of income and sale proceeds from the Waitara endowment land for the benefit of the Waitara community.
• The Council giving Te Atiawa a first right of refusal to purchase part of Ranfurly Park and part of the Waitara Golf Course if the Council resolves to sell these lands at any time.
• The PSGE supporting the removal of the out-dated legal constraints on all Waitara endowment land and income from the land, including rental and sale proceeds.
• The PSGE supporting the Council’s ability to offer leaseholders the option to freehold their properties.
• Ensuring Taranaki Regional Council’s contingent interest in the proceeds from the Waitara Harbour Endowment is accommodated.

The 40ha land transfer would include an undeveloped 6ha block zoned residential that Te Atiawa could choose to have full control of and build on. The balance transferred land would retain its public access, with the Council continuing to administer it.

“The situation for the public would be much the same as when the fee simple title in Urenui and Onaero domains transferred to Ngati Mutunga in 2005 – the underlying ownership changed but the public use did not,” says Chief Executive Barbara McKerrow.

She says if this proposal goes ahead, it would end a process that began in 1992 when the Council first put a local bill to Parliament to remove the restrictions on the endowment land.

“It has been a long process but we are close to having all the parties in agreement on the best way forward, which can only benefit the wider community,” says Mrs McKerrow.

“Once we have the endowment restrictions removed the Council will be able to consider whether to start a process of freeholding leasehold land – but for now, all our focus is on this proposed new agreement regarding the land and the local bill.”

Click here for more information.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

No Charges: Outcome
Of Operation Clover Investigation

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls in the Waitemata Police district and wider Auckland area.

Following a lengthy and complex investigation, charges are not being laid by Police at this time regarding 8 incidents involving 7 victims and 5 suspects. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

UNICEF Report: NZ Cautioned On "Stagnating" Child Poverty

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. More>>

ALSO:

Funding Report: Two Pathways For Transport In Auckland

Commissioned by Auckland Council, the group was asked to investigate two possible pathways for raising $300 million per year ($12 billion over 30 years) to pay for the improvements needed to help fix Auckland’s transport system. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Equal Pay Win In Court Of Appeal

CTU: The Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Finishing Line, And Amazon’s Woes

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny… More>>

ALSO:

TV3 Video: Three Die On Roads Over Labour Weekend

The official holiday period ended at 6am Tuesday, with three deaths on the roads during the Labour Day weekend. More>>

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news