8 Mar 2012

Board wants land removed from settlement

5:35 am on 8 March 2012

An Auckland community board says unless Parliament removes a block of land from a Treaty Settlement Bill, a grievance will be re-ignited which locals thought had been settled long ago.

The Devonport-Takapuna Local Board wants a three-hectare block of whenua at Narrow Neck taken out of a Crown agreement with the hapu, Ngati Whatua o Orakei.

The bill is one of eight relating to Treaty settlements which Parliament is considering on Thursday.

Board chairperson Chris Darby says what's known as the Tamaki block is part of the Crown's commercial redress with the iwi.

But he says there's been widespread expectation following High Court proceedings in 1998 that the land would become a public reserve once the Navy no longer wanted it.

Mr Darby says it's an unfortunate situation and he hopes the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations will review the wording of the bill, and resolve the grievances of both Ngati Whatua and the communities of Devonport and Takapuna.