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One Tree Hill to remain treeless for time being

CIARA PRATT
Last updated 08:32 19/09/2012

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One Tree Hill will remain without a tree for the foreseeable future.

The delay continues despite a settlement earlier this month between Auckland iwi/hapu and the Crown concerning Auckland's volcanic cones.

One Tree Hill is part of the deal.

The collective deed was reached between the Tamaki Collective, the Crown and Auckland Council, and it hands ownership of Auckland's 14 maunga or volcanic cones to Auckland Maori.

The maunga will be co-governed by a group of representatives involved in the deed.

Ngati Whatua Orakei trustee Ngarimu Blair says no firm plans have been made at this stage regarding the replanting. However, he says a new tree will be an important development.

"It would mean we have had returned our maunga which Ngati Whatua lost during the Fitzroy Waiver period of the 1840s, when the mountain was wrongly taken from us by the Crown and granted to a settler."

Auckland mayor Len Brown is positive about the future of Auckland's volcanic cones. "The restoration of a tree to Maungakiekie is something that is close to my heart and that of many Aucklanders. When the time is right for this planting to occur it will happen and it will be a symbol of settlement and reconciliation."

Maungakiekie MP Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga is looking forward to the planting of possibly one or several trees .

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