Tāmaki Collective reaches agreement with Crown without Ngāti Whātua

By Harata Brown

The Tāmaki Collective (Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau) who are made up of iwi based in Auckland, have reached an agreement with the Crown relating to the terms and conditions of the Right of First Refusal (RFR) in their collective Treaty Settlement without Ngāti Whātua.

The Tāmaki Collective RFR also applies to surplus land made available through housing developments in Auckland.  

Executive members of The Collective met with Crown representatives over the past two days at the Highbrook Business Centre in East Tamaki.

Ten out of thirteen iwi of Auckland support the new agreement.

Te Kāea understands that the three iwi who do not support the new agreement are Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua and Ngāti Whātua ki Kaipara.

Furthermore Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei continue to take legal action against the Crown to further clarify the extent of RFR to surplus crown land.

A representative for Waikato-Tainui however has confirmed that they are not taking legal action over the matter but support Ngāti Whātua in their bid to seek clarification around RFR.  Waikato-Tainui are also working directly with the Crown to resolve their concerns.

Te Kāea hope to provide more updates on this developing story early next week.