Cherishing our Tūpuna Maunga – a management strategy for Auckland’s volcanic cones
The Tūpuna Maunga Authority is seeking public input about its future plans for Auckland’s Tūpuna Maunga, ancestral mountains/volcanic cones. In 2014, under a Treaty of Waitangi Collective Redress Act, 14 Tūpuna Maunga were handed back to to Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau, the 13 iwi/hapu of Auckland.
The 2014 transfer from the Crown back to Mana Whenua has been the beginning of a new era of guardianship for the Tūpuna Maunga. They are among the most significant spiritual, cultural, historical, and geological landscapes in the Auckland region. Considered as taonga tuku iho – treasures handed down the generations – their new management is a reflection of this thinking.
“Management of the Tūpuna Maunga will ensure that Mana Whenua world views and priorities, and the strong living connections and continued public access that all communities have with these special places, is woven into their unified and cohsieve long-term care.” Proposed Tūpuna Maunga Integrated Plan Strategies – Part 1
The strategies’ focus is to protect and restore the maunga for Mana Whenua and the people of Auckland. The proposed developments include some changes we have already seen, such as the vehicle restrictions on tihi (summits), and the replacement of some exotic trees, including pest species and trees posing a public safety risk, with native plantings. Other changes include new tracks, more educational resources either on the maunga or in schools, and the possible removal of redundant structures on the tihi such as obsolete buildings or trig stations.
Paul Majurey, chairman of the Tūpuna Maunga Authority, says “The tihi of the maunga are sacred, and taking care of them needs a principled approach. It’s important to look after them and protect them for future generations to enjoy.
“We try as hard as we can to keep people informed, we want to bring people with us.”
Proposed Tūpuna Maunga Authority Integrated Management Plan Strategies
Please email your submission by 5pm 16th August 2019 to MaungaStrategies@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
There are no in-person hearings. All written feedback will be considered by the Tūpuna Maunga Authority.
The Proposed Strategies can be viewed at www.maunga.nz.
They can also be viewed in hardcopy at local libraries and Auckland Council Service Centres until 16th August 2019.