26 May 2010

Central role wanted by iwi on future of Auckland waterfront

9:15 am on 26 May 2010

Ngati Whatua says it needs to take a central role when decisions are made about developing the Auckland waterfront.

Waatea News reports changes made by a Parliamentary select committee to the third Auckland super-city bill mean the Mayor and the new Auckland Council will be the ones to develop a master plan for the area, rather than a waterfront development agency.

Iwi culture and heritage manager Ngarimu Blair says Ngati Whatua harbours a deep sense of grievance about the loss of its foreshore and seabed along the Waitemata, and wants a formal say in its future.

He says the iwi is a major landholder - if not the largest - and is keen to see how the waterfront will develop and what role it can play.

Mr Blair says the select committee ignored Maori submissions on the super-city bill.