SOUL Times

Save Our Unique Landscape | #SaveIhumātao | | Issue #1 November 2015



Dear Māngere resident,


action points

to date:

For 1000 years

humans have gazed

across Ihumātao;

dreaming, singing and

worshipping, amidst the

windswept beauty of

this wild rocky outcrop

jutting resolutely into

the Manukau.

Many generations have lived

on and worked the land,

planted crops, established

families and farms and

birthed rich culture and


This pocket of exceptional

coastal landscape which,

despite decades of

desecration from sewage

treatment schemes,

quarrying, industrial

misuse and the increasing

encroachment of

commercial development

around the Auckland

Airport, is still standing.

This land accommodated

the Kingitanga Movement,

sustained Mana Whenua

since their earliest arrival,

and has remnants of four

generations of Scottish

and English families who

have crafted pastoral rocklined

fields. But when your

home is located in Tāmaki

Makaurau you know you

are in for a bit of a struggle.

In a modern city of nearly

two million people it is

surely a miracle that we

have on the city fringe,

twenty five minutes from

downtown, five minutes

west of Auckland Airport

and just south of Villa

Maria Winery, a remnant

of rural land - and a



connected to

the earliest



For a land with such a

rich history coupled with

such raw beauty you would

imagine it is something of a

national treasure.

But to the disbelief and

disappointment of the

community much of this

land was re-zoned to ‘future

urban’ by an environment

court decision in 2012.

This decision made the

green parcels of land

open for development

potential (although the

judge anticipated it would

take around 10 years and

include robust planning

inclusive of community


But on the 31st of July

2014, a block of 32

hectares was gazetted as a

Special Housing Area. By

September 2014 approval

was given for sale to

Fletcher Residential (now

56 per cent foreign owned)

to build a 480 high-density

Don’t let the sun set on one of Auckland’s last

remaining crown jewels but speak up and

preserve a piece of our city’s soul.

housing development across

this piece of iconic heritage.

With a few pen strokes this

decision effectively ended

1000 years of continuous

agricultural activity

spanning the entire history

of human occupation of the

Auckland area.

This is not the outcome

that anyone would have

imagined could ever be

possible or permitted.

Instead a tiny group of land

owners and a compliant

legal system have allowed

foreign-owned developers to

secure a massive financial


Paired with more intense

industrial development

currently underway, there

will be numerous negative


The Land Wars have

obviously never ended.

We all wish Auckland

was the ‘liveable city’ so

passionately expounded

by our city’s


But for it to

become a

reality, people

need places

to breathe, to dream, to

connect to ancestors and

engage with history.

At Ihumātao we can.

So go for a drive, a bike or

a walk down to Ihumātao

and feel alive - do it now -

because all this is about

to come to an end – unless

you let your voice be heard.

Don’t let the sun set on

one of Auckland’s last

remaining crown jewels but

speak up and preserve a

piece of our city’s soul.


Please read on to find

out how you can make

a difference in this


Yours sincerely,

The SOUL (Save Our

Unique Landscape) team


SOUL (Save Our Unique

Landscape) is led by

a group of whānau

in Ihumātao and is

inclusive of residents,

ratepayers, community

members and

interested parties of all

backgrounds. Whānau

members are also mana

whenua whose families

have lived here for many


SOUL believes a SHA

in Ihumātao will

destroy one of the few

significant spaces we

have left in Aotearoa.

- Presentation to Auckland Heritage Advisory Panel, Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board and many groups and organisations of Māngere and wider Auckland.

- Complaint laid to Ombudsman, Overseas Investment Office agree to review Fletcher Residential’s application to purchase land.

- Letters delivered to every single MP in Parliament with the Labour Party, Green Party and, Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox, showing support to SOUL.

- Presentation of a 4,000+ signature petition to Auckland Council Governing Body meeting in August (more than 250 SOUL supporters in attendance).

- Meetings with Mayor Len Brown, Ken Lotu-Iiga of Fletcher Residential, Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse and Auckland City Councillors.

- Proposal of Land Swap tabled to Council and local board, followed by a SOUL visit with Watercare Treatment Plant in Māngere.

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Contested space: Ihumätao

Ihumātao is known and

respected as the longest

continuously occupied

papakainga (village) in the

Auckland region. People

have lived and worked at

Ihumātao for over 1000

years. Carbon dating of

an archaeological site on

nearby Puketūtu Island

dates human settlement

by the people of Ihumātao

in the range of 1160 A.D.

or the 12th century.

Here is a short history of

the on-going land issues

and disputes at Ihumātao

in the last 180 years.

1836 Reverend William

Fairburn claims to have

purchased from Māori all

the land from Ōtāhuhu to

Papakura (83,000 acres),

the entire area of South and

East Auckland.

1840-1850 Ongoing

dispute over the Fairburn


1863 Land confiscated

as punishment for

supporting the Kingitanga

Movement. Internationally

owned land commissioners

use legal loopholes to

confiscate all Māori owned

land in Māngere and on sell

to British settlers.

1960-2000 Māngere

Wastewater Treatment

Plant makes large area

of the Māngere foreshore

off limits to the public

and seriously pollutes the

air, water and sea bed.

Historic volcanoes quarried

for airport construction

and Auckland’s roading

network. Oxidation

ponds are eventually

decommissioned and

the Ihumātao foreshore

SPILLAGE: Industrial dye destroyed the local awa.

SIMPLER TIMES: A late 19th century scow on the Ōruarangi awa.

restored however there is no

restoration of the Ōruarangi


2009 Auckland

Airport’s second runway

construction bulldozes

through a 600 year old

urupa (grave site) on

the Manukau Harbour

foreshore unearthing 89


2012 Watercare

announces plans to

divert huge volumes of

sewerage and stormwater

from Central Auckland to

the Māngere Wastewater

Treatment Plant. There

is ongoing community

opposition to this plan on

environmental grounds. Te

Motu a Hiaroa/Puketūtu

Island is designated as a

bio-solids dumping ground.

2012 The Environment

Court orders Auckland

Council to re-zone all Rural

land west of the Auckland

Airport to Future Urban.

This effectively destroys the

unique heritage value of

this area and ends Council

and community plans

for the Māngere Gateway

Heritage project.

2013 Industrial dye

spill completely devastates

Waitomokia stream and

Ōruarangi awa. One of

Auckland’s worst pollution


2015 Fletcher

Residential Limited seeks

approval to build a 480

high-density housing

development on the last

remnant of rural land in

Māngere in the Ihumātao

area, the site of an ancient

pa situated on the slopes

of two volcanoes, Ōtuataua

and Te Puketāpapatanga a


The people of Ihumātao

today are the kaitiaki

(guardians) of the

environment and we

have a responsibility

to our ancestors and

future generations to

protect our sacred lands,

including that of the

Ōtuataua Stonefields

Historic Reserve, the

lava caves that were

used in the burial of our

ancestors, Ōruarangi

Creek, the Manukau

Harbour and the wider

Ihumātao Peninsula.

Waitangi Tribunal called on to act

The founding members

of SOUL are working with

local lawyer Cameron

Hockly of Bennion Law on

an urgent application to

the Waitangi Tribunal to

consider that the Special

Housing Areas Act breaches

hapū over their customary

land or other tāonga, full

discussion must take place

with Māori .

The Special Housing Areas

Act precludes participation

by Māori in the consenting

process on the basis that

land within the SHA and

surrounding it contains a

great many tāonga, including

historic sites of occupation,

wāhi tapu and burial sites.

The SHA will have a hugely

detrimental impact on those

tāonga if allowed to proceed.


Kaitiakitanga means

guardianship or stewardship.

The limited rights to make

a submission or be heard

regarding developments on

SHAs fail to recognise the

katiaki role of the mana

Manukau Harbour was

heard at Makaurau Marae

in 1985. The Tribunal

commented, “We are frankly

appalled by the events of the

past and by the effect they

have had on the Manukau


the Treaty of Waitangi for development of a SHA will

3. The Act undermines the

whenua in relation to the Yet many of the

the following reasons: impact on their traditional

ability of the residents of

land at Ihumātao.

recommendations of the

1. The Act has been passed

customary land.

Ihumātao to exercise their

The historic Waitangi

Tribunal are still to be

without consultation with 2. The Act does not

katiaki role in relation to the

Tribunal report on the implemented.


An overarching principle

of the Treaty of Waitangi is

recognition that the Treaty

created a partnership

between the Crown and

Māori. That partnership

rests on the premise that

both partners will act

reasonably and in utmost

good faith towards each

other. The Tribunal has

held that before the Crown

makes decisions on matters

provide any mechanism

for the protection of tāonga

associated with the land at

545 Ōruarangi Road.

Article 2 of the Treaty

guarantees Māori protection

of all of their lands, villages

and tāonga or treasures.

The SHA Act, with its limited

notification requirements,

excludes Māori from

participating in decisions

relating to SHAs that will

impact on their relationship

that might impinge upon with their wāhi tapu,

the relationship of a tribe or and other treasures. The

CHALLENGE: Members of SOUL perform a haka during an Auckland council meeting

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A Viable Alternative

to SHA 62

Don’t let the bureaucrats

make you think Ihumātao

is the only place for a

Special Housing Area.

The people of Auckland own

50 hectares of rural land on

Ascot Rd and Greenwoods

Rd in the Airport Oaks area

of Māngere Central. This

area of Auckland has the

lowest per capita income

and the greatest housing

need. This is

where we should

be building homes

for the benefit

of the Māngere

community, It is

within walking

distance of shops,

schools, medical

centres, multiple

bus routes, cafes,


sports clubs and

churches. On the

otherhand, SHA

62 at Ōruarangi

Rd has none of

the infrastructure that this

alternative option offers.

The Ascot Road site is a

very interesting piece of

land with beautiful sea

views out to Puketūtu

Island and to Māngere

Mountain. The land is a

mixture of ‘light industrial’

and ‘special purpose’

zoning. The land was an

odour buffer zone for the

old oxidations ponds but is

now being landscaped as we

speak (100,000 trees have

been planted this spring).

One underlying issue is

whether the land is still

subject to requirements for

odour protection. We asked

that question of Auckland

Council planners at the

Fletcher Residential is 100

per cent owned by Fletcher

Construction which is 56

per cent owned by foreign

banks, JP Morgan, HSBC,

CITIbank and National

Bank of Australia. As a

foreign owned company

they are required to apply

to the Overseas Investment

Office to gain approval to

purchase of New Zealand

land. SOUL has investigated

the application and approval

process with information

released under the Official

Information Act. There are

so many irregularities and

omissions in the Fletcher

application that the

Overseas Investment Office

“SHA 62 at


Rd has

none of the


that this


option offers”

outset of researching this

idea and they assured us

there is no insurmountable

issue that would prevent

the land being used for

residential purposes.

This is such an ideal spot

that Māngere ratepayers

received an invitation

from Watercare to visit the

Waste Water Treatment

Plant and coastal walkways

to experience what they

described as “Auckland’s

best kept secret”.

A land swap proposal has

been tabled with

Auckland Council

and the Māngere-

Ōtāhuhu Local


This could secure

the future of

the Ōtuataua


and the land in

question. The

alternative sees

a better housing

option to meet

the various

demands and,

attempts to maximise the

land’s potential yield ( both

in dwellings and financial


Fletcher Residential can still

make money and avoid a

costly prolonged battle with

the community over the

Ōruarangi Rd site. Māngere

gets much needed housing

in a location well served by

existing infrastructure.

The city benefits by

providing alternative

funding to Watercare

and taking pressure off


This is a viable

alternative that just

requires courageous

city administrators.

(OIO) has began a review

of their decision based on

information supplied by

SOUL. The 80 acre farm was

described by Fletcher as a

“domestic residence and the

grass was mowed regularly

for silage to keep the place

tidy”. If the land is not

classified as a ‘farm’ the

approval process is much

easier and the property does

not have to be advertised

on the local market. After

much argument the OIO

eventually required the

owner to advertise the land

for sale. Fletcher’s lawyer,

not the owner, advertised

the land in the Manukau

Courier and Trade Me as

Map showing the planned

location for SHA62 and the

alternative site between

Watercare and Airport Oaks

(outlined in red)

HI-VIS VISIT: Members of SOUL (left) meet with a representative of Watercare.


“Farmland in Māngere for

sale, suitable for cropping”.

It could be argued that this

is a misrepresentation of

an 80 acre Special Housing

Area zoned Future Urban.

The purchaser is required to

list any waahi tapu or urupa

that might be on the land in

question. Fletcher failed to

declare Auckland’s oldest

and most documented

urupa contained in the

huge lava cave system on

the farm. No mention was

made of Mana Whenua,

the neighbours in the

1000-year-old continuously

occupied papakainga.

Fletcher stated that the only

heritage value of the land

was as “the ancestral home

of the Wallace Family”. No

mention was made of the

farm being confiscated from

Māori of the papakainga

in 1865 and granted at no

cost to the Wallace Family

in 1868. No mention was

made of the defence, in

2012, by the Auckland

Council and local Iwi, to the

Environment Court enforced

zone change. The Auckland

Council was attempting

to purchase the block to

complete the Ōtuataua

Stonefields Historic Reserve.

A review will be released

within the coming


Local Board on the SHA

“We share the community’s

concerns and maintain our

objection to this SHA, as we

have since it was first proposed.

However we continue

to support an outcome that

includes the aspirations of

SOUL and the Ihumātao


Councillor Casey says

no SHA:

Motion: That the Governing

Body of Auckland Council

revokes part of Resolution

number GB/2014/43 of 1 May

2014 in relation to Tranche 3

Special Housing Area at

Ōruarangi Rd, Māngere.

Voted on August 27, 2015 by

Auckland Council.

Motion lost 12-5

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On this small piece of land it is possible to trace the history of human settlement

in Auckland over the whole millennium, from the earliest Māori agricultural

settlement, to the arrival of Europeans with their pastoral farming. Manukau has

secured it’s birthplace.

Nick Smith - current Housing Minister, made this statement at the opening of the Ōtuataua Stonefields Historic Reserve in 1999


reasons to s

Cultural significance

The entire Ihumātao area

is a cultural landscape,

embedded with identity,

meaning, and significance.

The character and integrity

of the whole area is made

up of its constituent parts,

such as the maunga,

the awa, the village, and

the open nature of the

landscape. The land on

which the project site is

situated is adjacent to the

Ōtuataua Stonefields.

The Ihumātao area is

significant due to its place

within this landscape,

as well as its fertile soils,

and its specific Waahi

tapu areas. Waahi tapu,

including springs and

lava tunnel entrances, are

located within the project

site. While the project

site has been subjected

to historic modification

(clearance and ploughing)

it is highly probable that

further features and

artefacts associated with

Māori occupation and

activity remain undetected

beneath the ground surface.

Specific known Waahi

tapu include Ōruarangi, Te

Puketāpapatanga a Hape,

a number of springs, and

a number of lava cave

entrances which have been

historically used as urupa.

The Ihumātao area is

considered by Mana

Whenua and Iwi Kainga

to have strong wairua and

mauri values associated

with it. The development

will most likely result in the

destruction of resources

and landmarks imbued with

very significant spiritual

and cultural values and

consequently destroy

this community’s unique

cultural heritage.

Geological Heritage

The Ihumātao Peninsula is

home to a rich and valuable

volcanic landscape, with

the Ōtuataua Stonefields

Historic Reserve at its

heart. Within the reserve

can be found the remains of

Ōtuataua maunga, and Te

Puketāpapakanga a Hape/


Pukeiti is notable for being

the smallest scoria cone

in the Auckland Volcanic


The wider region is notable

as being the earliest site

of human settlement

in Auckland, desirable

because of the abundant

resources in the harbour,

and the fertile soil

surrounding the volcanic

cones. This soil is formed

from tuff, volcanic material

ranging in size from ash

to gravel sized fragments.

This material quickly

forms a mineral rich, welldraining

soil that Auckland

is renowned for. Rocks

and lava within the soil

provided warmth and an

extended growing season

for tropical crops brought

from Polynesia by the first


As population pressure

grew volcanic cones

provided defence, while

gardening took place on the

more fertile lower slopes

and flat areas. Auckland is

known for distinctive scoria

cones, but of an area that

once consisted of 8000

hectares of settlement sites

on volcanic tuff rings and

stonefields, this is one of

the last remaining sites

where the complete volcanic

landscape is preserved.

Since the 19th century land

in this area was used as

pastoral grazing, and due

to lack of development this

land provides a complete

unbroken history of human

occupation, from gardening,

to pastoral farming, to town

milk supply.

Social imp

The circumstances of the

development (location, scale, and

proximity to village) mean that

the well-being of the associated

community, and those who reside

in the papakainga, will be directly

and intimately impacted.

The impact to the cultural

landscape is marked,

especially when considering

the development sits between

the papakainga and its sacred

maunga. In addition to the

physicality of the development,

the increased population has

the potential to impact upon the

character and integrity of the

papakainga, effectively making it

a small neighbour within its own


An additional matter to consider

is the potential that the

development could change the

local economics relating to land

prices and housing rentals in

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He Kura Kainga e Hokia –

He Kura Tangata e Kore e Hokia

The treasure of the land will persist – human possessions will not

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the long-term, which could make

it more difficult to purchase

land within or near the village.

Increased rates and rental prices

may force resident whānau to

leave their papakainga.

The increase in population will

of course lead to an increase in

traffic flows through the centre of

the village, with knock-on effects

of increased noise, congestion,

vehicle emissions and road safety

issues, a particular concern given

the large number of children

living in the village.

The construction phase with

multiple truck and earthwork

movements with potential

dust issues are also matters to


And storm-water discharge to the

Ōruarangi Awa will undermine

the aspiration to once again use

the awa for kai and recreation.

Treaty of Waitangi

After 150 years of

ongoing desecration,

colonisation, dislocation

and misappropriation the

iwi kainga are now almost

completely landless.

Following the confiscation

of the 1100 hectares of

land at Ihumātao, which

includes the project site

area, Mana Whenua are

left with 0.671ha of Māori

Reservation Land. The

streamlined SHA process

will enable rapid consents

for intensive housing

on this unique area of

ancestral land. The short

time frames introduced by

the HASHA Act are entirely

inappropriate given the

broad historic context of the


This land was wrongfully

confiscated in 1863 as

punishment for allegiance

to the Kingitanga and not to

Queen Victoria.

Since the 1960s local

communities have been

seeking redress and are

currently preparing for

a Treaty of Waitangi


New Zealand also has a

duty under international

law to consult with

indigenous peoples about

developments that will

impact on them.

This duty is found in

customary international law

and in conventions to which

New Zealand is party.

The Crown has a duty to

make an informed decision.

But there has been no

effective, meaningful

and genuine efforts of

consultation in good faith.

Consultation about what

a development ‘looks like’

is not consultation about

whether a development

should be built in this

location to begin with.

World Heritage status

This is a unique landscape

with the opportunity

to develop initiatives,

around the potential for

World Heritage status,

which tell the science of

the geological landscape,

intertwined with the

stories of Mana Whenua.

Ihumātao is the oldest

continually occupied Maori

village in Auckland. The

spiritual and cultural

values of the land are

intertwined with the

traditions and features of

the land. Securing this site

will maintain the unique

essence of the Ōtuataua

Stonefields and honour the

history of the land and the

people who made it their

home over the past 800

years. The area proposed for

development is a valuable

record, set in stone, of

Māori and European life.

Within its boundaries

remarkable collections can

be found of natural and

man-made resources of the

thriving communities that

once lived here.

Governing Bodies need to

protect, conserve, enhance

and maintain the significant

archaeological features,

the sensitive natural

environment and the

cultural heritage resources

that are found here.

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Manukau Courier Editorial 15/12/2015

“Everyone in the Māngere community should be working together on an alternative

to threatening a precious heritage”



Kia ora koutou, Ko Mama

Nuku taku ingoa. Ko

Waikato te awa, Ko Tainui

te iwi, Ko Tainui te waka,

Ko Taupiri te Maunga,

Ko Turangawaewae

te marae, Ko Potatau te

Wherowhero Te Tangata,

He Piko he taniwha, He

Piko he Taniwha, Waikato

Taniwha Rau.

I would like to ask you

a few questions. Do

you enjoy running

around open fields or

parks, climbing hills and

mountains? Does your

family have a special

place that you take your

loved ones to lay them

to rest? If you answered

yes, then SOUL needs

your help. Even though

we are young, our say

matters. We are the

future leaders of our

country, and as a future

leader of this country, I


Soul started with a

bunch of cousins, sitting

around the table talking

about their precious

place they call home.

SOUL has now got loads

of support from all over

the place. If you have

ever been or heard of

Ōtuataua Stonefields,

then that is where

Ihumãtao is. Down the

back streets before

you get to the Auckland


We all know that there is

a need for houses here

in Auckland, but at what


- Mama, aged 10 years

Hohepa Joe Hawke -

Kaumātua, Orakei Marae,

Former Labour MP &

Bastion Point Occupation


Our whenua needs to

be protected and preserved

for our up and

coming generations.

Metiria Turei

Greens Party co-leader

The SOUL campaign have

done a great job of ensuring

that their concerns are

heard. Now the Government

needs to listen. The drive to

resolve the housing crisis

doesn’t require the demolition

of waahi tapu.

Community Leaders opposed to SHA62

Anahera Pono Morehu Kuia, Orakei Marae

Andrew Honore President 2015-18 Māngere Rotary Club

Angeline Henry President, Te Rakau Ture, Auckland Uni Māori Law Students Society

Arihia Stirling Principal, Te Kura Māori o Nga Tapuwae, Māngere

Barbara Dixon St James Church, Māngere Bridge

Bill Peace JP STRIVE Team Manager, Māngere

Dame Nganeko Minhinnick Ruruhi o Ngati Te Ata, Te Wai-o-Hua

Dr Renus Stowers Māngere Doctor

Dr Vaaiga Autagavaia Māngere Doctor

Dr. Nick Roskruge Chairman,Tahuri Whenua/National Māori Horticulture


Fletcher Beazley Project Manager, Māngere

Gordon Toi House of Natives, Multi Media Artist, Ta Moko, Sculptor, Carver & Actor

Te Hei Deanna Tamaariki

- Kuia, Orakei Marae

& Taumata Deputy


We support the campaign

as we have been

through this before

and we have strong

blood ties to Ihumātao.

Reverend Hirini Kaa.

Turangawaewae needs to be

built on firm physical and

spiritual foundations. A

wise community will not

build its housing on the

shifting sands of injustice.

Alec Hawke - Kaumātua,

Orakei Marae

We see the parallels of

what happened here

at Takaparawhau

(Bastion point – at the

land occupation) with

what is happening at


Roger Fowler QSM,

director, Māngere East

Community Centre.

Our community united to

stop the planned motorway

through Māngere last year.

Together we can also stop

the desecration of Ihumātao

with ‘peoples power”. Let’s

do it!

Melissa Crockett-Joyoue, AUCKLAND, NZ

I worked on the Ihumātao Stonefields tourism development project as a Māori Tourism

consultant. The people of Ihumātao and Makaurau Marae have been treated unbelievably

badly by the Crown and local government in relation to the land confiscations, quarrying

of sacred sites, imposition of the city’s sewage treatment plant in their land. This SHA is

simply replicating this mistreatment and lack of respect for their sacred

whenua. It should not go ahead on this site.

To Ihumātao

(A poem)

by Jacqueline Carter

What care we

for stones

and signs

of your Polynesian forebears?

How do middens

and land formations

even compare

to castles and chapels?

And let’s just face it

the only currency

of any value

in today’s society

is that which will line

the pockets and wallets

and clothe and house

the area’s ‘developers’...

(not to mention a few

public servants...)

This is land ripe

for the taking

It matters not

what was on it

or lies beneath it

or happened on it

The only history

worth protecting

is that which marks

our domination

The only bones

worth revering

are those that fought

in worldly battles

And the only people

and communities

that really matter

in Aotearoa

Are those that have

our seal of approval

for being rich,

and/or white

and/or compliant...

Yours sincerely,

Auckland Council.

Herawhakamana Sarah Grey Kuia, Orakei Marae

Ilmars Gravis Māngere Bridge resident, Blogger: “Māngere Bridge Rocks”

James Papali’i MANA Pasifika

Jan Lambert ESOL Educator, Māngere

Janice Beazley Parenting Educator, Māngere

Jason Mareroa Mauri Ora Kaiwhakaruruhau, Te Korowai Aroha

Jerry Daniels President & Māori Student Officer, Auckland Uni Māori Students Assoc.

Jim Peters Pro Vice Chancellor (Māori), University of Auckland

Joe Trinder MANA, Māngere

Jon Zealando New Zealand Grand Master of Magic, Māngere Bridge resident

Jos Very Māngere Bridge real estate agent, long term Māngere Bridge resident

Karen Matata Manager - ME Family Services ECE, Ihumātao

Lyn Doherty Service Manager, Ohomairangi Trust

Maia Te Ra Fowler Coordinator, Māngere East OSCAR

Marama Fox Māori Party Co-Leader

www. SOUL Times November 2015 7


Su’a William Sio – Labour

MP Māngere

I am standing up in support

of SOUL! This is not an

ultimatum about one or

the other, it’s about being

smart and having both - the

development of affordable

homes and the protection

of a scared papakainga

reserve site.

“Riro whenua atu! Hoki whenua mai!” Eru Mohi

Ngati Tahinga Wilson,


Ko au ko Puketāpapa,

Ko Puketāpapa ko au

Councillor Cathy Casey

The failure to publicly

notify is just appalling given

the controversy and the

widespread public interest

in this SHA across the

wider Auckland region.

The SOUL campaign

gathered 4000+ signatures

within weeks yet they will

have no say in this process.

Lemauga Lydia Sosene,

Chairperson, Māngere-

Otāhuhu Local Board

From the outset the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu

Local Board

raised concerns to Officers

about this development.

There is no doubt we need

more affordable homes in

Māngere but the Board is

not convinced this location

has been assessed correctly

to service the needs of our

local people.

Janice Roberts – Kuia,


[I oppose SHA62] because of

its cultural and historical

significance. Our spiritual

connection to the whenua

is like a life force. You can’t

see it, you can’t touch it,

but we feel it! I think it’s

great what SOUL is doing

and have achieved. You are

like role models for our

people and have created a

positive ripple effect.

Fiona Tumai-Totorewa,


I want my mokos to have

what their tupuna had.

Elizabeth Walker

The land is the only thing

in the world worth working

for, worth fighting for, worth

dying for, because it’s the

only thing that lasts

Waimarie McFarland,


Not only do we inherit

the land and role of

guardianship of the land

from our Ancestors but

we borrow the land from

and pass down the role

of guardianship to our


Pelika Bertelmann

More consideration should

be made to the impacts this

development will have on

the whole community as

well as the traditional land

owners of this proposed

land! As I understand the

need to provide housing

for families that is only one

consideration...Quality of

life cannot and should not

be a checklist of shelter,

food and water but, in all

areas of health (physical,

mental, spiritual, and

emotional) considerations

should be made!

Maurice Maru Wilson,

Kaumātua, Ihumātao

This development will ruin

a cultural and historic gem

which has been home to us

for many generations.

Matt Kirkbride

As our family farmed on

Ihumātao Road for four

generations and were early

pioneers in the area, it’s

extremely important to me

that this unique part of

Auckland be preserved and

protected from these foreign

owned developers who

have no other interest than

turning a profit.

Councillor Mike Lee -

former chairman

Auckland Regional


The construction of

an intensified housing

development on this site is

grotesque - the imposition

of this development against

the clearly articulated wishes

of the people of the area

is a rank injustice. This

development must be stopped.

Councillor Arthur Anae

Don’t believe it’s a done

deal and there are no

options, it has been clearly

identified there may be, if

all agreed. We need to get to

that position first.

Naomi Lange Long time Māngere East resident

Pania Newton Executive Member, Matike Mai Aotearoa Rangatahi, NZ Māori Youth for

Constitutional Transformation, Ihumātao

Qiane Matata-Sipu Journalist, Artist, Ihumātao

Peter Sykes Director, ME Family Services

Peeni Henare Tamaki Makarau MP, Labour Party

Rene Hawke Kuia, Ngati Mahuta

Rev Les Dixon Reverend, St James Church, Māngere Bridge

Rev Vicki Sykes Consultant

Richard Grey Kaumātua, Orakei Marae

Robert Jahnke Professor of Māori Visual Arts & Senior Lecturer, School of Art, Massey


Robert Roberts Kaumātua, Ihumātao

Steven Matejan President, Onehunga Māngere United AFC

Te Hamua Nikora Māori Comedian, Presenter & Motivational Speaker

Councillor Wayne Walker

I fully support SOUL in its

efforts to save the special

landscape. After walking

over the area and seeing the

taonga it holds I am firmly

of the view it should be

added to the park.

Thomas Leuluai NZ Warriors Utility Player, Māngere

Thomas Rawiri Lead Singer, IHI

Tigilau Ness Musician (Godfather of NZ Reggae & Original member of the

Polynesian Panthers)

Veronica Tawhai Policy & Politics Lecturer & Treaty of Waitangi Educator, Massey


Wikatana Popata Activist, Kaitaia Airport

Wiremu Pikitekaha Aperahama Kaitiaki, Ratana Temple

Yvonne Thomas Co-ordinator and Manager, Old School Reserve teaching gardens,


Go to for a full list of

community leaders supporting this campaign.

www. SOUL Times November 2015 8


Why the urgency?

How the SHA Act works:

Before Fletchers can begin work on the planned

subdivision at 545 Ōruarangi Road it needs the

Council to agree to change the Proposed Unitary

Plan. It also needs resource consent for the subdivision.

The SHA Act allows applications for Plan

changes and subdivision consents to be fasttracked

without the usual notification and submission

processes required under the Resource

Management Act 1991.

The land is currently zoned for future development.

In June, Fletchers applied to Auckland

Council for a Plan change to rezone the block

to a combination of Mixed Housing Suburban,

Public Open Space – Conservation, and Green

Infrastructure Corridor. The Auckland Housing

Project Office accepted that application on 25

September 2015.

The Project Office must make a final decision

on the application within 130 working days (or 6

months). First it must give notice of the accepted

plan change to adjacent land owners and infrastructure

provider. This was done on 6 October.

Those notified have until 5 November to make

submissions to the Project Office. Therefore,

SOUL encourages you to make a submission.

This Act was developed under budget secrecy

rules with no consultation with affected parties

outside of Government. There is no process for

challenging the creation of a special housing

area. Rights of submission are limited and there

is no appeal to the Environment Court in most

cases (strangely there is only a right of appeal

against a decision of the Project Office if the

development is 4 storeys or higher). Most of the

Resource Management Act does not apply to

SHAs. The whole process is an erosion of democracy.

Let’s make sure the feelings of our community

about this are heard by the decision makers

in the Project Office.

You can also...

1. Send a letter to Fletcher Residential

Fletcher Residential Limited

C/- Harrison Grierson

P.O. Box 276121

Manukau City

Auckland 2022

Attn: Andrew McCarthy a.mccarthy@

Objections must be in before November 5.

2. Send a letter or e-mail to Hon Dr Nick

Smith, Minister of Building and Housing,

and a copy to your local MP

3. Come to a SOUL meeting, held every

Wednesday from 6-7.30pm

4. Sign up to the SOUL mailing list: send

your e-mail address to soulvssha@gmail.


5. Visit the SOUL website and spread the


6. Like us on Facebook:;

or subscribe to our YouTube Channel –

search Save our Unique Landscape at;

or follow us on Twitter: @saveIhumatao

Please sign, cut out the below letter and post to Neil

Birrell at Auckland Council before November 5.

Neil Birrell

Resource Consent Administrator Auckland Council

Private Bag 92300 Victoria Street West Auckland 1142

Dear Mr Birrell,

I am an Auckland resident and ratepayer writing to you regarding the plans to

build housing at Ihumātao. I feel as the Ōtuataua Stonefields are council owned I

as a ratepayer should be seen as an adjacent landowner. I am not only objecting

to the building of housing on this site but also objecting to the biased, nondemocratic

and massively flawed Special Housing Area legislation. This letter is

to highlight my issues and to ask for SHA62 plans to be scrapped and for the

Special Housing Area legislation to be halted and reviewed.

Below are the reasons I am against Special Housing Area 62:

- I believe that SHA62 will not contribute to making Auckland a liveable city.

- This area is the birth place of Auckland and should be celebrated, not sold off to

the highest bidders.

- Ihumātao is one of the last remaining original and liveable papakainga in


- This land was changed from future rural to future urban. This change by

council only benefits offshore businesses and totally disregards the Heritage

Gateway Project.

- SHA62 is too close to waahi tāpu sites and I feel that it is disrespectful to build


- The full archaeological significance of this heritage site is unknown.

- SHA62 will have a negative impact on Ōtuataua Stonefields.

- SHA62 will have a negative impact on the habitat of the rare shorebirds of the


- Natural restoration of the coastal line is finally to the point where local Māori

can collect food again. Increased water runoff and waste water will put this at


Although I am not against additional housing initiatives in Auckland I do have

concerns about the Special Housing Area process:

- No public consultation is permitted.

- Land once promised to Auckland residents can be changed without public


- Auckland residents have no way to object.

- Residents of Ihumātao, many with an ancestral connection to the first settlers,

have no way to object.

- Auckland councillors have highlighted issues with the system. That there is not

enough time dedicated to give proper thought to each individual SHA application

is just one of them.

- Auckland councillors have admitted to mistakes and misinterpretation of the

facts regarding SHA62.

- Auckland Council can be totally vetoed by current government.

- Research by a group called Save Our Unique Landscape has highlighted many

issues with the process.

I understand that this letter does not exactly fit into your SHA process. However,

I am demanding the right, as a concerned Auckland resident, to have my

objections to SHA62 considered. If I am shut out of this formal process, how will

my voice be heard?

I look forward to your respectful reply to all of the points listed above.

Yours faithfully



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