Auckland iwi look to manage 14 maunga

By Heeni Brown

Auckland iwi are looking forward to working with the Auckland Council to discuss the future management of the 14 maunga that have been returned to iwi as part of the Tāmaki Collective Settlement that was passed into law today.

The Ngā Mana Whenua o Tamaki Makaurau Collective Redress Bill gives the Tāmaki Collective ownership and management rights over some of Auckland's iconic landmarks.

Chris Finlayson says these maunga are treasured cultural land marks and are at the centre of this settlement. The redress delivered through this bill will help to preserve the 14 maunga and their history.

There are a total of 13 iwi who are a part of the Tāmaki Collective, and those 13 iwi come under three divisions; Marutūahu, Ngāti Whātua and Waiōhua-Tāmaki.

With the passing of the bill, The Tāmaki Collective now join with the Auckland Council, under the Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority otherwise known as the Maunga Authority.

Auckland Council will still be responsible for the day-to-day management of the maunga.

After the elections, six members from the Tāmaki Collective and six members from Auckland Council and one Crown representative will be appointed to the Maunga Authority.