29 Aug 2011

Auckland draft plan aims to fulfill Maori aspirations

6:56 pm on 29 August 2011

A 30-year development blueprint for Auckland aims to fulfill tangata whenua aspirations to increase Maori village settlements.

The regional draft plan, issued by Auckland Council, hopes to build relations with Maori and support their links to the area as part of its obligation to the Treaty of Waitangi.

A draft priority is to increase the number of papakainga or Maori village settlements.

The plan outlines constraints to that happening, including the cost of resource consent for a papakainga development as well as building fees.

It looks to investigate how it can support those kinds of developments, suggesting village settlements on land other than ancestral land is an option.

The supercity blueprint also aims to enable Maori participation in co-managing natural resources and creating a partnership with tangata whenua to identify and protect their sacred sites.

Auckland Council envisages implementing the objectives of the plan by 2040.