The Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board will hold 2 meetings tomorrow because the agenda of the originally scheduled one is so long.
The board will meet at 4pm for the scheduled meeting, and 3 hours earlier for the extra meeting.
More place names in Maori in dual-language policy
At the 4pm meeting, one item up for discussion is the Maori language policy. The board has a recommendation before it “to agree the initial scope, priorities & work programme for Te Kete Rukuruku, a Maori naming & storytelling programme”.
On the 1pm meeting’s agenda are:
- The urban forest, calculated as 11% of the land in the board area, against council’s target of 15%
- At Waikaraka Park, in Onehunga, classifying land at present regulated under 2 different acts
- The Onehunga Laneways project, and
- Preparing for recovery in a civil emergency.
The draft masterplan for the Waiapu Lane block in Onehunga is up for discussion in the main agenda, with part of it held over to the confidential section of the agenda.
On the introduction of more Maori for place names, programme manager Anahera Higgins says in her report the intention is to develop an agreed process in partnership between mana whenua & local boards. The board has held 2 workshops, in March & this month, and Ms Higgins expects a follow-up report, to approve the gifted names & narratives, will be delivered to the local board in partnership with mana whenua in 2020.
She comments in her report to the board: “The increase in Maori language & stories will enable matawaka Maori to see & hear their culture & language being used in their community. This is expected to increase their sense of belonging & connection. It is also recognised that many Maori are yet to learn or in the process of learning their language is in a phase of revitalisation. and many Maori are not yet able to speak their language. This programme will play a role in supporting this [learning].”
Ms Higgins said that, in most cases, it was expected Maori naming would be dual naming: “Dual naming means that a Maori name is added to the existing name, thereby enriching the stories about that place or facility and not taking away from a story. For the public this means signs will present both names and, in line with the Maori language policy & signage guidelines, the te reo Maori name will be presented first.
“Dual naming also means that a Maori name, which is appropriate to the place, sits alongside another name that is not related in its meaning. In other words, the 2 names are not translations of each other but independent & unique.”
Ms Higgins said the process that’s been followed should also change: “The current approach to Maori naming (in most cases) is to look for opportunities to identify a Maori name as part of capital development works or when acquiring new parks or facilities. This approach (the status quo) is likely to result in no change in percentage, or only a few percentage points’ change in any given year, noting that across the region there is a lot of growth & new parks, many of which are not being given a Maori name.
“The current approach to Maori naming is considered ad hoc and presents the following challenges:
- It is often too late, ie, the naming occurs at the end of a project, thereby losing the opportunity to familiarise & connect to the park name
- The opportunity is also lost for the name to inform the design & development of a place
- The process is often not clear, and mana whenua may select a name only for it to compete with another name suggested from elsewhere in the community. – it is difficult & inappropriate to create a process where names that are gifted by mana whenua are in competition with other naming options.
“This programme is about moving away from the status quo and supporting local boards to make a transformational shift in the number of Maori names & the associated visibility of te reo Maori & the unique Maori narratives.”
Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board, Tuesday 27 August at 1pm, Panmure, local board office, 7-13 Pilkington Rd (extra meeting called because of the length of the scheduled meeting at 4pm):
13, Urban forest (Ngahere) analysis report
Maungakiekie-Tamaki urban forest (Ngahere) analysis report
14, Classifying land at Waikaraka Park
Waikaraka Park land in scope
Possible actions Local Government Act 2002 vs Reserves Act 1977
Proposed actions for parcels held under the Local Government Act 2002
Maps relevant to partial classification actions
Unclassified parcels to be classified under the Reserves Act 1977
Next steps for land held under the Local Government Act 2002 & Reserves Act 1977
19, Laneways 4, 5 & 8 concept design
Attachment A – Laneways 4, 5 & 8 concept design
24, Local board feedback on the draft Pathways to preparedness: A planning framework for recovery
Board feedback on the draft
C1, Draft masterplan for Waiapu Lane Block, Onehunga (in confidential agenda)
Panuku: Onehunga high level project plan (part 2), proposed implementation
Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board, Tuesday 27 August at 4pm, Panmure, local board office, 7-13 Pilkington Rd:
11, Maori naming of parks & places in the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board area
Maori language policy
List of parks the board has identified
Attribution: Local board agendas, Panuku.