Opportunities for hands-on action: Participate and help to save Ihumatao

You’re invited to join 2 inspring events on the land at Ihumātao – help us restore the Oruarangi Awa on Sat 5 March, then join a human chain to show your affection for the land next Sunday 13 March!

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Join in to demonstrate how much the community cares about protecting Ihumātao. Bring family and friends to form a human chain across the sacred Ihumātao land that we must save from a 480 house developement. Meet at the entry to the Ōtuataua Stonefileds, Ihumātao Quarry Rd, 2pm, Sunday 13 March.

The Oruarangi Awa restoration is happening 5th March.
Pictured: a scow on the Oruarangi Awa picks up passengers in Ihumātao in the 1890s. The Awa was blocked off from the harbour in the 1960s, and after restoration around mid 2005, the water could flow once more from the harbour into the Awa.
Photo: The scow ‘Elsie’ at Mangere, [1890s]. The location the Oruarangi Awa. (Manukau Libraries, Mangere Historical Society Collection, MGE: I, 2 no. 4)

There is to be a cleanup of Māngere Bridge foreshore 11am-3pm followed by a restoration of the Oruarangi Awa from 5.30-8pm at Ihumātao. Captain Hayden and the Sea Clean boat will be working in the Oruarangi Awa with locals, the marae, SOULdiers and any other volunteers. Anyone with a boat also welcome to join in. It will be a fun action for adults and kids, cleaning up around the inlet and beach.

At the Māngere Bridge foreshore event, SOUL is hosting an info stand and sausage sizzle, come learn about the land, snag trash or grab a snag and and say hi! We’ll be at Māngere Boat Club on Kiwi Esplanade from 11am-3pm.

The Sustainable Coastlines webpage has full info and advises how you can be prepared. "As part of the wider Love Your Coast Manukau Harbour project and in celebration of nationwide Seaweek, we would love you to join us on Saturday 5 March 2016 to give back to the beautiful Manukau Harbour. We’re asking volunteers to meet our team at our Clean-up Event Stations around the Manukau Harbour to register, receive important Health & Safety information, and pick-up rubbish sacks and gloves." Meeting points for us are Māngere Boating Club, Kiwi Esplanade, then Oruarangi Awa in Ihumātao.

See below for SOUL’s Human Chain event Sunday 13 March–>

Students monitor Oruarangi Stream during a project which investigated the science behind the restoration of mauri to the Oruarangi awa by Makaurau marae rangatahi and Aorere College students. The awa was devastated by the industrial dye spill in 2013. Credit: Sarah Morgan, SouthSci.
Bring family and friends to form a human chain across the sacred Ihumātao land that we must save from a 480 house developement. 2pm @ Ōtuataua Stonefields, Ihumātao Quarry Rd


Members of SOUL (Save Our Unique Landscape), and our many supporters in the community have completed all our submissions to the Auckland Council, NZ Parliament, and Treaty Tribunal. For now, work at the desk and computers has paused, and now it is time for a different course of action: planting our feet firmly on the land. It is time to Make a Stand to Save the Land, to protect it from the housing development proposed by foreign-owned Fletchers Residential.

In this unique protest, members of the community will be forming a massive human chain at Ihumātao, Māngere, as a show of protection and celebration of the land currently threatened by the SHA 62 dousing development.
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Save Our Unique Landscapes (SOUL) Campaignis led by a group of whanau residents in Ihumātao and is inclusive of residents, ratepayers, community members and interested parties. As whānau members we are also mana whenua whose families have lived here for many generations.

We believe that having a Special Housing Area (SHA) in Ihumātao will not contribute to making Auckland a liveable city, but destroy one of the few significant and unique historical, cultural, spiritual, social and environmental spaces we have left.


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