SAVE OUR UNIQUE LANDSCAPE
Toi tuu te whenua, whatungarongaro te tangata
NAU MAI PIKI MAI
Ko Ranginui e tuu iho nei.
Ko Papatuaanuku e takoto nei.
Ka puta ko Mataoho, ko oona tapuwae eeraa
I waihotia ki too taatou whenua e kiia nei ko Ngaa Tapuwae o Mataoho.
Hoea too waka tapu kia tau ki te Puketaapapatanga a Hape
Tirotiro kau atu ki ngaa wairere o te Maanukanuka-oo-Hoturoa
E uu ana ki te awa Ooruarangi
Takatakahi ngoo tapuwae ki te Ihu oo Mataoho
Kia tae ake ra ki te Waharoa oo Makaurau
Ka tuu te Tupuna a Taamaki Makaurau e poowhiri ana
Nau Mai, Piki Mai
In 2014 Auckland City, using the Special Housing Areas Act, designated 32 hectares adjacent to the Otuataua Stonefields Historic Reserve as a special housing area. This land, known as Puketāpapa, was confiscated ‘by proclamation’ under the New Zealand Settlements Act in 1863 as part of the colonial invasion of the Waikato that drove mana whenua of South Auckland from their lands ahead of the settler armies. These Crown actions breached the partnership agreement forged in the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi. The former Manukau City Council sought to ensure that it would become part of OSHR but its strenuous efforts to purchase Puketāpapa were thwarted by the landowner whose antecedents had obtained it by Crown grant in 1867. The boundary lines between the OSHR and SHA62 are simply the 1866 surveyor’s carve up of the confiscation that dissects a rich, storied, and culturally and heritage-wise continuous landscape. The land is now owned by Fletcher Residential Limited, which intends to build a low-density subdivision with 480 high-price dwellings on this heritage landscape ... www.protectihumatao.com