Auckland's volcanic cones have been offered to Maori in an
attempt to get a Treaty deal, it was reported today.
Under the offer the Crown would transfer ownership to a new
collective body representing iwi called Nga Mana Whenua o
Tamaki Makaurau, which would hold titles in trust for all
The body would be co-governed by a statutory board with equal
membership from the Auckland Council and Tamaki collective,
with the council retaining financial control.
Similar to other recent settlement offers iwi would have
right of first refusal to buy Crown land for the next 170
years, sources told the newspaper.
There would be no cash settlement. The deal was aimed to
solve the ongoing problem of shared and overlapping
Tribes' individual issues, which aren't impacted by the
agreement, would be dealt with by separate settlements.
Iwi involved include various Ngati Whatua groups, Te Kawarau
a Maki, Ngai Tai ki Tamaki, Ngati Te Ata, Te Aki Tai, Ngati
Tamaoho and Hauraki/Marutuahu iwi. Provision had also been
made for other Tamaki Makaurau iwi who have recognised
interests to join in the future.
In 2006 the then Labour government proposed a settlement that
was only put to Ngati Whatua o Orakei.
The following year the Waitangi Tribunal found that the
Crown's decision to give priority to the tribe over other iwi
was too "flawed" to go ahead, leaving Ngati Whatua and all
other iwi with interests in Tamaki Makaurau in limbo.