The Auckland Council group responsible for governing Auckland’s maunga are at the centre of ongoing controversies. The most recent issue, is the claim that Wairaka, the namesake of Mt Albert, was not the famous Mataatua ancestress, but was, a fairy. Mt Albert Protestors and Mataatua historian Pouroto Ngaropo met with the governing group Tūpuna Maunga Authority seeking a resolution to the recent issues.
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Mataatua historian Pouroto Ngaropo claims that the Tūpuna Maunga Authority of Tamaki Makaurau is planning to make Te Ahi-Kā-a-Rakataura the sole name of Ōwairaka (Mt Albert). A group from Whakatāne iwi accompanied Ngaropo came to Ōwairaka Friday afternoon with. They oppose the name change, and the lack of consultation surrounding the approved earthworks, which will see the 345 foreign rākau cut down and replaced with native seedlings. Ngaropo claims that the earthworks, are a smokescreen to distract public attention from the Tūpuna Maunga Authority’s name change plans.