Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Ōwairaka / Mt Albert Tree Protection Group Announces Patrons

The tree protection group Honour the Maunga has announced the appointment of two Patrons: Sir Harold Marshall KNZM and Pouroto Ngaropō MNZM, JP.

Honour the Maunga has (apart from during the Covid lock-down) had an ongoing presence at Ōwairaka / Mt Albert since November 2019. The group’s goal is to protect 345 healthy, mature trees from being needlessly felled, thus safeguarding the maunga and its ecosystems.

Sir Harold Marshall, KNZM

Sir Harold Marshall is a fourth-generation Mt Albert resident, Former Chair of the Mt Albert Residents’ Association and founding Honour the Maunga member. Before retirement, Sir Harold was an architect, engineer and physicist who is recognised internationally for his contribution to concert hall design.

The former Professor of Architecture in the University of Auckland and Head of the Acoustics Research Centre has over 60 years’ experience in the acoustical design of auditoria and concert halls.

In 1994 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He also holds Fellowships in the Acoustical Society of America, the Acoustical Society of New Zealand and the NZ Institute of Architects.

In 2008, was made a Distinguished Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit for services to acoustical science and in 2009 accepted the title Knight Companion of the Order, KNZM.

Sir Harold says: “Over the decades, many locals have gifted native and exotic trees to the maunga, including kahikitea planted in memory of a loved one, olives planted by returning soldiers from WW1 and a cherry tree grove planted by a local family.

“All these native and exotic trees serve as sacred memorials to the past – and our present - from those who love this “high place” in our midst. They also serve as welcome habitats and food for many kinds of birds – including uncommon species such as the kakā.

“I am honoured to be Patron of this imperative to preserve our shared history and the flourishing urban forest that benefits us all.”

Pourotō Ngaropō, MNZM, JP

As Ngāti Awa ki Te Awa o Te Atua, Pouroto Ngaropō has deep ancestral, spiritual and cultural connection to Ōwairaka through his ancestress Wairaka, from whom the maunga is named.

A tohunga, kaumātua, traditional leader and historian, Mr Ngaropō is Chairperson of Te Tāwera Hapū Trust, Iramoko Marae, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa ki Te Awa o Te Atua and drove the re-establishment and upgrading of Iramoko Marae, near Matatā

He has been Deputy Chairperson of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, was involved in Ngāti Awa Treaty settlement negotiations, held positions on Ngāti Awa’s Arts Council, and was Chairperson of Ngāti Awa Education Grants Committee.

In addition to holding numerous cultural advisory positions, Mr Ngaropō has also been Chairperson of the Māori Mataatua Consultative Committee for Pacific Health, Pōkerekere Māori Lands Trust, Te Kohika Art Collection, Whakatāne District Council Iwi Liaison Committee, elected Councillor and currently on the Rangitaiki Community Board and Eastern Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation.

In 2006 Pouroto Ngaropō was awarded Justice of the Peace, JP status and in 2019 he was awarded Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to Māori and governance.

Mr Ngaropō says: “I am the mountain and the mountain is me, I am the trees and the trees are me, I am the birds and the birds are me, I am the land and the land is me.

“Everything is universally connected to the creator, the universe, the earth and our ancestors. I am grateful and honoured to work alongside, Sir Harold Marshall and Honour the Maunga as a symbol of partnership representing the Treaty of Waitangi to protect the mauri of Ōwairaka.

“This can only be achieved by working together, one mind, one heart, one people, one community and one mountain”.

Honour the Maunga’s Leader, Anna Radford, says the organisation is delighted to have Mr Ngaropō and Sir Harold as its Patrons.

“Appointing two such distinguished Patrons reflects our ongoing evolution and maturity as an organisation.

“Taking a lawful and intelligent approach while always acting with the utmost integrity has helped make Honour the Maunga the success it is today. It is six months since we established an occupation on the maunga and – thanks to our collective efforts - the trees, birds and other lifeforms are all still there”, says Ms Radford.

She noted that the group had recently re-established its base outside the Tūpuna Maunga Authority-administered area, on private property immediately outside the entry gates at the top of Summit Drive. Public access to Ōwairaka Domain is unrestricted.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Twitter Wars, And The Muller Muddles

Whatever the failings of our own politicians, spare a kind thought for the majority of Americans who did not vote for Donald Trump. Sure, it was depressing this week to watch Todd Muller clinging for dear life to his talking points on Q&A, lest he be carried away in the slavering jaws of Jack Tame…. but this was mere incompetence, not malice. At the same time the President of the United States was (a) falsely accusing one of his media critics of murder, and (b) threatening to shut down Twitter for attaching a warning label to Trump’s attempt at poisoning the electoral process by falsely claiming that postal voting has led to extensive voter fraud... More>>


Government: Freshwater Package Backed By Comprehensive Economic Analysis

Decisions on the Action for Healthy Waterways package are supported by comprehensive environmental and economic impact analysis by leading New Zealand research institutes, universities, and private sector firms. More>>


National: "Todd Muller Announces Shape Of Next Government"

National Party Leader Todd Muller has announced the line-up of the next Government. “New Zealand is facing perhaps the toughest time that almost anyone alive can remember. “We are borrowing tens of billions of dollars to get us through this crisis. There ... More>>


Lockdown Rules: Timeline For Moving To Level 1 Needed

The BusinessNZ Network is calling for more clarity about the conditions under which businesses can move to Covid level 1. The network is concerned about large numbers of businesses that are at risk of closure if restrictions continue at the current ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Day Of Reckoning

Congratulations. You are one of the 55 members of the National caucus being called together tomorrow to choose who will lead you to either (a) catastrophic or (b) honourable defeat on September 19, thereby saving some (but not all) of the jobs currently on the line. Good luck. Your decision process starts NOW... More>>


Budget 2020: Jobs Budget To Get Economy Moving Again

Investments to both save and create jobs in Budget 2020 mean unemployment can be back to pre COVID-19 levels within two years and could see the economy growing again as early as next year. More>>


Covid-19 Response: Law Setting Up Legal Framework For Covid-19 Alert Level 2 Passes

The law establishing a legal framework for the response to Covid-19 has passed its final reading and will become law in time for the move to Alert Level 2 tonight.
This is a bespoke Act designed specifically to stop the spread of COVID-19... More>>


Trans-Tasman Bubble: PMs Jacinda And Morrison Announce Plans

Australia and New Zealand are committed to introducing a trans-Tasman COVID-safe travel zone as soon as it is safe to do so, Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and Prime Minister the Hon Scott Morrison MP have announced... More>>


Government: Support For Arts And Music Sector Recovery

A jobseekers programme for the creative sector and four new funds have been set up by the Government to help our arts and music industry recover from the blow of COVID-19. Thousands of jobs will be supported through today’s $175 million package ... More>>


Government: New Zealand Joins Global Search For COVID-19 Vaccine

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods, and Health Minister David Clark today announced a COVID-19 vaccine strategy, which will enable New Zealand scientists to contribute to global research efforts ... More>>


The Dig: Steady State Economics: We’ve Got Some (systems) Thinking To Do

In this time of impending economic and ecological crises, we urgently need to aim for a sustainable or ‘steady state’ economy. In order to get there, we will need to adopt a ‘systems-thinking’ outlook taking into account the interconnections of our complex world.

In short, we’ve got some systems thinking to do... More>>


Election 2020: Parties Get Into gear

The Green Party is pleased to reveal its candidate list for the upcoming election. With a mix of familiar faces and fresh new talent, this exceptional group of candidates are ready to lead the Greens back into Government. Using the most democratic list ... More>>


Insight Into Regenerative Agriculture In New Zealand

There is a fast growing movement in New Zealand that has been happening out in paddocks, fields, gardens and hill country across the nation. It is a movement that holds the promise to reshape our productive land use industries towards systems that work with the natural environment to regenerate the land. The movement is that of regenerative agriculture. More>>


Covid-19: Tracer App Released To Support Contact Tracing

The Ministry of Health has today formally released the NZ COVID Tracer app to support contact tracing in New Zealand. Kiwis who download the app will create a digital diary of the places they visit by scanning QR codes displayed at the entrances to ... More>>


Govt: Deep Concern At Hong Kong National Security Legislation
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today reiterated the deep concern of the New Zealand Government following confirmation by China’s National People’s Congress of national security legislation relating to Hong Kong.... More>>






InfoPages News Channels