In 2022, ALR Ltd approached Mana Whenua with an interest in the ALR project. They established the Kaitiaki Forum to ensure Mana Whenua's participation in the process and the incorporation of kaitiakitanga, sustainability, cultural history and design, from a tikanga Māori perspective, as well as capturing opportunities to improve social, economic and Māori wellbeing.
To date, ALR have been engaging with the following Mana Whenua, that Auckland Council recognise as having an interest in the project. They include:
Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki
Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei
Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara
Te Ahiwaru Waiohua
Te Ākitai Waiohua
Te Kawerau ā Maki
Te Runanga ō Ngāti Whātua
The ALR relationship with Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki is embedded in Te Tiriti o Waitangi and underpinned by Te Rautaki Huanga Māori: Māori Outcomes Strategy. The strategy was developed for the Indicative Business Case in 2021, following hui with 11 of the 15 Mana Whenua Iwi Chairs and Mataawaka, with an interest in the project corridor.
Mana Whenua has representation as Sponsors, alongside the Government and Auckland Council, at the decision-making table.
ALR Ltd has established Governance/Rangatira conversations with Mana Whenua Iwi Chairs, led by the ALR Board Chair and management hui with Chief Executives and operational leaders, led by the Tiriti Partnerships workstream to discuss economic and commercial opportunities that could potentially be realised through the life cycle of the project.
ALR meets fortnightly with Kaitiaki and provides them with opportunities to attend workshops to enable them to understand and seek the information they need to support their decisions. Given the level of input required by Mana Whenua for the Notices of Requirement process, ALR has offered support to Mana Whenua by utilising specialists who offer technical support on their behalf. Mana Whenua kaitiaki have also led cultural inductions for staff involved in ground investigations and contributed to blessings and site tours as part of their role in the project.
In addition, ALR Ltd engaged with Mataawaka marae, wananga and kura educational facilities and health providers as part of the Indicative Business Case.
Note: Data based on 2018 Census