By Fiona Mackenzie

1Law4All is concerned that New Zealanders will increasingly be locked out of their own parks and waterways. This is due to elected politicians transferring control over public outdoor spaces to tribal elites.

A two-day hui is currently being held at Te Papa, Wellington. Council and government representatives charged with protecting public interests are discussing further co-management of land and marine environments with the tribal elite. This no doubt extends to lucrative consultancy fees or salaries, and opportunities to apply new taxes on users.

Many outdoor recreation groups are unaware of the possible ramifications on access and permit fees.

The impact of such arrangements is already being felt in Auckland with tribal co-management of the city’s volcanic cones. In the “supercity’s” Cornwall Park and One Tree Hill Domain, four running or orienteering events have been denied permits in the past three months, despite firm ground conditions after an autumn of dry weather.

Earlier this month, bureaucrats disappointed two hundred 7-16 year olds by cancelling their annual cross country pairs relay with only 2 days’ notice,

While sheep graze this land (which houses Sorrento in the Park restaurant and the Stardome Observatory), tourists come for the views, and people privately walk and run it every day, iwi have persuaded Council bureaucrats that it’s not acceptable to let run organisers have access to the grassy hillsides.

According to a Council spokeperson, the event would have been approved if it only involved running on the roads or footpaths.

So forget the obesity epidemic, kids in high-density suburbs needing somewhere to run and play, or the damage to knees and tendons caused by running on hard surfaces.

Co-management is the new focus for tribal elite wanting to gain more unelected, unaccountable power over New Zealanders and to secure new revenue streams. Race-based control and taxes are no doubt coming to a park or water feature near you.

Historic Background to One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie):

Waiohua occupation of the Māori pā on One Tree Hill or Maungakiekie ended around 1740-1750 AD when they were defeated in a tribal war with the invading Ngati Whatua-o-Kaipara. The pā was totally abandoned around 1795 AD with the death of Te Taou leader Tuperiri.

In 1845 the Ngati Whatua, with the concurrence of representatives of the Waiohua people, sold a block of land which included One Tree Hill to a merchant, Thomas Henry. The Government under its pre-emptive rights excluded 115 acres of the hill itself from the sale and this was vested in the Crown. Known as One Tree Hill Domain, it is a public park.



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  1. Apartheid ..on the beaches..on the the Domains..around the Parks and grassy Hills…Lakes,rivers and finally the Mountains…Corporate ‘iwi’ have become the permanent ruling elite…Democracy and the Rule of law in New Zealand are fast disappearing…

  2. What is wrong with everyone? Iwi taking control of our parks and lakes!! What on earth do they know that everyone else of other ethnicities doesn’t know? It’s all so absolutely ridiculous that words fail me – almost! It’s time to go back to what the Treaty said and for equality under the law to be brought back. We are all supposed to be the same for goodness sake. We don’t need co-governance or whatever, full stop. We were doing fine before and everyone was considered equally.

  3. So why are we not there with banners outside Te Papa calling for an end to apartheid and “Bi-culturalism”?
    I had made the decision two years ago to get out of NZ by going back home to England after spending half a century here, but they wouldn’t allow my Kiwi wife permanent residency.
    New Zealander’s are generally tolerant to a fault, gullible, delusional and gutless when it comes to upsetting the status quo. Particularly when faced with political issues.

    1. I for one only heard about it a day or so before it was to happen. A protest was suggested by one of our supporters but even he couldn’t go because of prior commitments. If we had a group set up in Wellington like we do here in Hawke’s Bay, it could have possibly been arranged. But it’s pretty hard otherwise on such short notice.

  4. Come on National …. it is now time to front up and put a stop to all this nonsense.
    We are ALL New Zealanders and this is just another grab by an already privileged group of “grabbers”.

  5. Sadly Auckland is leading the way in this racial division, led by Len Brown. For goodness sake Len, wake up to what destruction of our society you are creating.

  6. The thing that irks me more than anything else about this kind of rubbish is that not all Maori are even benefiting from the gifts of land and control that we have made to Iwi. It is only a privileged few at the top who reap and keep all the benefits, while excluding the very people who the purport to be acting in the best interests of. In any other circumstance taking this course of action would be considered gross misconduct and would be followed by civil and criminal complaints being made. However, because Iwi are “Maori” (and I use the term extremely loosely) they are permitted to take what they want and give nothing back. If the Iwi want the control and the resources they should also be made to look after the Maori people themselves and not leave their fellow Maori to rot on the benefit. As cliched as it is, “With great power comes great responsibility”, however the Iwi treat this as “With great power comes my shiny new Mercedes”. This is unacceptable.

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