Te Ahu Pātiki project progress

Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust, Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Inc and Orton Bradley Park are pleased to announce that we have reached agreement in principle regarding the future ownership and management of the new Te Ahu Pātiki park. The partnership has begun with the signing of a MOU outlining key governance, conservation and management principles.

In the first instance, the ownership of the Te Ahu Pātiki land will transfer to Rod Donald Trust on 1 July. We will then continue working together to establish a new co-ownership and governance entity involving all the parties to ensure manawhenua and local organisations can work together on this important kaupapa. We aim to have the new entity in place and to transfer ownership of the land to it by 1 December 2021.

Work is already well underway to shape and agree our shared aims and values for the park and to protect its future with a QEII covenant and public access easements. We are excited to be working together to shape the future of this highly significant land as a place that our tamariki, mokopuna and generations to come can enjoy, cherish and learn from, and where our native biodiversity can flourish.

Back row: Clayton Wallwork Trustee Orton Bradley Park, Ian Luxford Manager Orton Bradley Park, Suky Thompson Manager Rod Donald Trust, Richard Suggate Trustee Rod Donald Trust, Cynthia Roberts Trustee Rod Donald Trust, Andrew Scott General Manager Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Inc
Front row: Matt Cameron Chair Orton Bradley Park. Yvette Couch-Lewis Chair, Natural Resources Portfolio Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Inc, Cynthia Roberts Trustee Rod Donald Trust, Maureen McCloy Chair Rod Donald Trust.