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Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Integrated Management Plan

Providing a new way of thinking about, caring for and celebrating these taonga

Ngā Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland’s ancestral mountains) are among the most significant cultural, historical and geological landscapes in the region and are iconic taonga.

They are sacred to Mana Whenua as taonga tuku iho (treasures handed down the generations). Local communities also have a strong emotional connection with, and draw a sense of identity from, the Tūpuna Maunga.

The Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority wanted to produce an integrated management plan (IMP) for the 14 Tūpuna Maunga  transferred from the Crown to the 13 iwi/hapū of Ngā Mana Whenua under the Ngā Mana Whenua ō Tamaki Makaurau Collective Redress Act 2014.

The IMP replaces separate, unconnected legacy reserve management plans and sets the foundations for how the Tūpuna Maunga will be valued, protected, restored, enhanced and managed in the future. The development of the IMP was the result of a collaborative process, led by the Authority, to engage with key stakeholders and the general public.The narrative woven throughout the IMP gives tangible visibility to mana whenua values and world views, as well as reflecting the connections and public access our diverse communities have with these special places.

The IMP will assist the Tūpuna Maunga Authority to engage with the wider Tāmaki Makaurau community, broaden their understanding of the importance of Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau to mana whenua and encourage them to become involved in the unified and long term care of these special places. The IMP also enables both the resource management community and general public to develop a better and more complete understanding of the significance of the Tūpuna Maunga and practical implementation of the Redress Act.

The IMP represents best practice and innovation in the development of an integrated management plan that reflects mana whenua and community aspirations through a new co-governance arrangement. It has enabled a connected and holistic approach to the development of a plan that reflects the cultural, spiritual, historical and geological values of the Tūpuna Maunga of Tāmaki Makaurau.

A particular innovation utilised in the development of the IMP was the use of drone technology to create a visual data set of the current state of the Tūpuna Maunga, which will assist with measuring the effectiveness of the IMP through its monitoring strategy.

The  Tūpuna Maunga Integrated Management Plan established a tiered strategic framework to guide the future management of the Tūpuna Maunga, including the development of overarching strategies which will eventually be reflected at the local level in individual Tūpuna Maunga Management Plans.

Our role

Project management. Assisted in drafting the IMP, summarising submissions, public hearings as preparation of reports. Graphic design, UAV piloting and photography.

The facts

ClientTūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority
Project teamJanine Bell
Rachel de Lambert
Project date2015 - 2016
AwardsRMLA Awards 2016 Documentation Award

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View and download the Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Integrated Management Plan here:
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