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

 

Tūpuna Maunga Authority Welcomes Ōwairaka / Mount Albert Decision

The High Court has today declined to make any of the orders sought by applicants who have protested against the Maunga Authority’s restoration plan.

The High Court has found all of the Authority’s decision-making processes to be lawful. The High Court’s decision finds that the Authority has acted lawfully in deciding to remove 345 exotic trees from Ōwairaka / Te Ahi-kā-a-Rakataura / Mount Albert and to plant 13,000 new native trees and shrubs. The decision also finds that the Auckland Council acted lawfully when granting the consent on a non-notified basis.

The Authority welcomes the High Court’s judgment and the detailed and reasoned analysis of the Court into the governing legislation and the Authority’s decisions.

Paul Majurey, Chair of the Tūpuna Maunga Authority, says he is pleased that the Court has recognised that the Reserves Act legislation must be read in the context of the Treaty settlement (Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau Collective Redress Act 2014). This recognises the importance of Treaty settlements and the mana of the iwi and hapū who agreed to them with the Crown. Mr Majurey also embraces the Court’s view that the Treaty settlement legislation established the Tūpuna Maunga Authority to govern the Tūpuna Maunga while providing for the exercise of mana whenua and kaitiakitanga by the mana whenua of Tāmaki Makaurau.

The Authority is pleased with the Court’s finding that the cultural, spiritual and ecological restoration of Ōwairaka / Mount Albert is a project that includes both the removal of exotic trees and restoration replanting. The Authority considers that the decision also acknowledges that the maunga are distinct from other parks and open spaces, in that they are wāhi tapu – sites of immense spiritual, ancestral, cultural, customary, and historical significance to Mana Whenua.

The Tūpuna Maunga Authority remains committed to delivering the plan for the ecological restoration of Ōwairaka / Mount Albert. The Authority holds a long-term world view that these taonga are restored and are enhanced as wāhi tapu and as native wildlife habitat for generations to come. Attached is the Tūpuna Maunga Authority media release of 14 November 2019 regarding the Ōwairaka / Mount Albert restoration.

The Authority hopes that the protest group will acknowledge and abide by this legal decision.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Demise Of The Tokyo Olympics

As the Covid vaccines roll out around the world, the Tokyo Olympics are looming as a major test of when (and whether) something akin to global normality can return – to international travel, to global tourism, to professional sport and to mass gatherings of human beings. Currently though, it looks like a forlorn hope that Japan will be able to host the Olympics in late July. Herd immunity on any significant scale seems possible only by December 2021, at the earliest... More>>

 

Oranga Tamariki: Chief Executive Grainne Moss Steps Down

Controversial Oranga Tamariki chief executive Grainne Moss has decided to step down. More>>

ALSO:

USA: Prime Minister Congratulates President Joe Biden On His Inauguration

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated President Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America. “I look forward to building a close relationship with President Biden and working with him on issues that matter ... More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Government: Cook Islanders To Resume Travel To New Zealand

The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Mark Brown have announced passengers from the Cook Islands can resume quarantine-free travel into New Zealand from 21 January, enabling access to essential services such ... More>>

ALSO:

A New Year: No politicians at Rātana in 2021

Annual celebrations at Rātana pā will be different this year, amid a decision to hold an internal hui for church adherents only… More>>

ALSO:

Government: New Public Housing Plan Announced

RT HON JACINDA ARDERN HON DR MEGAN WOODS The Government has released its Public Housing Plan 2021-2024 which outlines the intention of where 8,000 additional public and transitional housing places announced in Budget 2020, will go. “The Government ... More>>

Government: Pre-Departure Testing Extended To All Passengers To New Zealand

To further protect New Zealand from COVID-19, the Government is extending pre-departure testing to all passengers to New Zealand except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. More>>

ALSO:

Covid: Border Exception for 1000 International Students

The Government has approved an exception class for 1000 international tertiary students, degree level and above, who began their study in New Zealand but were caught offshore when border restrictions began....More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels