25 Dec 2011

Council to address iwi concerns

2:10 pm on 25 December 2011

The Auckland Council Governing Body has agreed to address concerns raised by iwi over the proposed Onehunga Foreshore Restoration Project.

The project, a legacy from the old Auckland City Council, intends to restore the natural character of the foreshore between Onehunga and Manukau Harbour.

A resource consent application to build a new coastal park on seven hectares of reclaimed land at Onehunga was publicly notified in September.

It attracted about a 1000 submissions, the vast majority supporting the application.

But submissions from six iwi are opposed to the consent being granted and request the Council address ownership issues relating to the land.

The Governing Body agreed at its meeting on Thursday that the council will not apply under the 2011 Marine and Coastal Area Act for a freehold vested interest in the reclaimed land for seven years after reclamation is completed.

The council will write to the Ministers of Land and Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, confirming it will support the reclaimed land being subject to a co-governance regime with mana whenua.

It will also continue to consult with iwi.