It is hoped that a new conservation park on Great Barrier Island will protect the flora, fauna, birds and wildlife while at the same time increase tourism.
The local iwi have some reservations however are willing to support the park, but many of the Island's residents are still struggling to recover from last week's storm.
According to Rodney Ngāwaka, “The floods have come down from the awa and flooded out our people.”
The Auckland Council has confirmed the total damage to the island from last month's storm is $14m. Rodney says partnership with the government is very important.
“It’s about our relationship, and active participation as Mana Whenua with Kawanatanga on a pathway forward.”
Ngāti Wai and Ngāti Rehua's next step is their treaty settlement which they hope to sort in the next coming months.