Ngāti Whātua Welcomes Framework Agreement for Tāmaki Makaurau

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua and Ngāti Whatua o Ōrākei have both welcomed the framework agreement that sets out a process for recognising iwi interests in the volcanic cones, harbours and islands of Tāmaki Makaurau.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua chair, Naida Glavish, says the agreement is a significant step towards restoring the mana of Ngāti Whātua in Auckland.

“I am delighted with this step forward in our relationship with the Crown. Acknowledging our spiritual, traditional and historical interests in Tāmaki Makaurau is going to be good for our people, good for other iwi in the region and good for all Aucklanders.”

Naida says the framework agreement with Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau lays a great foundation for future generations growing up in Auckland. It recognises the area’s magnificent natural assets; from the maunga to the moana to the motu and their rich history and meaning for Ngāti Whātua as mana whenua, as well as for more recent settlers.

She says the framework agreement builds on the work of our tupuna who sought to enable Ngāti Whātua to live in Auckland with mana, harmony and partnership.