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Te Rūnanga Ō Ngāti Whātua File An Appeal On Dome Valley In The Environment Court

“As Mana Whenua, Kaitiaki we have solid grounds under
the Resource Management Act to file our appeal regarding the
Dome Valley Decision in order to protect our whenua becoming
another toxic dump site. As a Rūnanga we tautoko the
appeals of the Collective Iwi, Hāpu and Community that have
vested interests in protecting our lands for the benefit of
future generations” – Te Rūnanga ō Ngāti

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua represents
approximately 20,000 beneficiaries throughout Auckland,
Northland and Aotearoa. It represents Hapū and Marae within
the iwi of Ngāti Whātua, who descend from the tūpuna,
Haumoewarangi, and other recognised tūpuna. Te Rūnanga ō
Ngāti Whātua Manahautū – Mr Riwaka explains, “a
landfill in this location would challenge the relationship
that Mana Whenua have with their lands, water, sites, waahi
tapu, and other taonga, and their kaitiakitanga role in
respect of protecting the awa and whenua. The landfill’s
presence will clearly and irrevocably diminish that
relationship and will seriously limit the ability to
exercise kaitiakitanga and manaakitanga consistent with our
tikanga, culture and traditions”.

Our Iwi support
the view shared by Commissioner Tepania who said that ‘Te
Awa Hoteo and its surrounds, is a taonga and area of
cultural significance to Ngati Manuhiri and Ngati
Whatua as iwi who whakapapa to or hold customary interests
with the place’. Ngāti Whātua agree that ‘there is a
strong likelihood that the damage caused by a dump being
established on that site will adversely impact the wellbeing
of mana whenua and the community at large in the

The appeal states that the proposal
approved does not meet the thresholds within the Resource
Management Act and we believe that the “overall broad
judgment” approach to the Auckland Unitary Plan provisions
was the wrong legal test. Accordingly, there was no
jurisdiction to approve the proposal, which results in
significant adverse cultural, biodiversity, sedimentation,
stream and watercourse effects, as well as unacceptable or
inappropriate risks to our values and the natural

As a result Te Rūnanga ō Ngāti Whātua
seeks cancellation of the landfill consents. If that cannot
be achieved, then we seek substantial changes to the
conditions to recognise that a regional landfill has lasting
effects over hundreds of years and will require substantial
cultural and biodiversity mitigation and offsetting to
address the adverse cultural, biodiversity and other effects
on Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua and their Hapū and Marae,
and the wider

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