Archive for July, 2009

Dawn Vigil – Maungawhau – Mt Eden; Every day during Auckland submissions


E nga iwi, e nga reo, e nga rangatira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa

Iwi Have Influence (IHI) Action group announced this evening that a dawn vigil will be held each day this week on the summit of Maungawhau/Mt Eden.  The vigils are being held to mark the importance of this week in the future of local governance in Auckland and are open to all.

Thousands of people from across Auckland and the country joined the Hikoi for Maori seats on the new supercity council, as recommended by the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance. As the Government select committee prepares to hear oral submissions this week, IHI Action group knows that many of the submissions received have strongly supported the call for Maori Seats.

“The call to meet on Maungawhau at dawn is an opportunity for all peoples of Auckland  to show their belief in a new city that embraces its indigenous history and potential with pride” said Kaumatua Mokena Peeni

Ka wikitoria tatou ka tutuki o tatou wawata mehemea ka whakakotahi tonu tatou

Meet: Maungawhau/Mt Eden Summit

Time: 7am – 8am, Monday 6 – Friday 10th July

Bring: Candles, torches, warm clothing

Contact IHI Coordinators:  Helen Te Hira – 0210554969  or Ngarimu Blair 0272790735



A special subcommittee of the Auckland Governance Legislation Select Committee has been set up specifically to hear submissions from Maori on the Maori Seats and other issues with regards to the establishment of the new Auckland Council.

Chaired by the Hon Tau Henare, the committee includes Simon Bridges of National, the Maori Party’s Hone Harawira, and Labour’s Shane Jones. Metiria Turei of the Green Party said she might also attend.

The Maori Committee will be hearing submissions at Orakei Marae at Takaparawha (Wed 8 July), Te Puea Marae in Mangere (Thu 9 July) and Hoani Waititi Marae in Glen Eden (Fri 10 July).

“This is the first time that a special Maori Committee has ever been established in this way,” said Mr Henare, “and we hope it won’t be the last.”

“We’ve got time for formal submissions (9am-12pm), and we’ve also set aside time for a more informal approach (1pm-5pm), to encourage as many Maori as possible to come and have their say about the most important changes to take place in Auckland local government in a generation,” said Mr Henare.

We’ll be there next week. We’re keen to hear from the people. The rest is up to you,” said Mr Henare.


For comment contact:

Hon Tau Henare, Chairperson, ph 04 817 6984


Wed     08 July         Orakei Marae

 09am – 12pm            Formal Written Submissions

01pm – 05pm            Informal Submissions


Thu      09 July         Te Puea Marae

 09am – 12pm            Formal Written Submissions

01pm – 05pm            Informal Submissions


Fri        10 July         Hoani Waititi Marae

 09am – 12pm            Formal Written Submissions

01pm – 05pm            Informal Submissions

 Don’t stay at home and moan about it folks.

Come to the Marae and moan about it !!