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Tūpuna Maunga Strategies

The second tier of the strategic framework to guide the future management of the Tūpuna Maunga.

The Tūpuna Maunga Strategies aim to broaden the understanding of the wider Tāmaki Makaurau community of the importance of Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau to mana whenua and encourage their involvement in the unified and long-term care of these special places.  Like the Tūpuna Maunga Integrated Management Plan 2016 (IMP), the development of the Tūpuna Maunga Strategies was the result of a collaborative process, led by the Authority, to engage with key stakeholders and the general public.

The Strategies document arises from the inaugural IMP which provides the strategic direction for the management of the 14 Tūpuna Maunga transferred from the Crown to the 13 iwi/hapū of Ngā Mana Whenua under the Ngā Mana Whenua ō Tamaki Makaurau Collective Redress Act 2014. The IMP charts the protection, restoration and enhancement of all the Tūpuna Maunga in an integrated manner. At its heart is the care for the health and wellbeing of the Maunga as taonga tuku iho (treasures handed down the generations). It is an enabling plan that established the strategic direction and future decision-making framework for the Tūpuna Maunga as taonga and connected landscapes. It established a tiered strategic framework to guide the future management of the Tūpuna Maunga, including the development of overarching strategies which will eventually be reflected at the local level in individual Tūpuna Maunga Management Plans.

There are six high level strategies that will assist in guiding how the Tūpuna Maunga are valued, restored, protected and managed: education, design, biodiversity, biosecurity, recreation and commercial activities. In addition, there is a monitoring strategy. Environmental stewardship and ecological outcomes are integral to all the strategies, and specifically the strategies for Biodiversity and Biosecurity.

Restoration of Tūpuna Maunga offers an opportunity to reinstate and reconnect the ecology and biodiversity of these features, and the wider volcanic landscape across Tāmaki Makaurau, by reconnecting ecological networks; and recognising and re-establishing the value of areas for cultivation and harvesting. The future provision of pest management and biosecurity will be focused on an innovative and effective approach, encouraging community relationships and connection to protection of biodiversity values.

The future provision of recreational activities and facilities on, around and between Tūpuna Maunga will reflect Mana Whenua values, celebrate important features and provide experiences which connects recreational users with the whenua. The development or renewal of any recreational assets will represent and embody cultural, spiritual, heritage and ecological values.

The pursuit of appropriate commercial revenue will promote ecological and biodiversity outcomes and provide a sustainable revenue stream to ensure such outcomes are achieved longer-term.

While not a statutory document, the Tūpuna Maunga Strategies will play an important role in providing guidance to those making decisions about future activities and developments on the maunga.

Boffa Miskell had a pivotal role working with the Authority and its staff to develop the individual strategies. This involved drawing on our collective knowledge and expertise in recreation planning, design, ecology and biosecurity to achieve We also assisted with the public engagement process which saw amendments to the document in response to community feedback.

In September 2019 the Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority approved the Tūpuna Maunga Strategies, thereby completing the second tier of the Authority’s strategic framework to guide the future management of the Tūpuna Maunga.

Our role

Planning, Design, Ecology and Biosecurity. Assisted with the public engagement process.

The facts

Client Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority
Project teamJanine Bell
Nick Pollard
Sarah Flynn
Dr. Helen Blackie
Worked with

Jay Farnworth / Image Search Photography

Project date2018 - 2019