Earlier this month, Auckland Council announced it was adding 8.9 hectares of public reserve bordering Ihumātao.
The mayor has said that this is an "important contribution" to resolving the ongoing land dispute. This is a little disingenuous. Rather than an important contribution, it could more accurately be called a step in the right direction.
This land, also known as the Rennie Block after earlier owners, was purchased by the former Manukau City Council for open space purposes. It is not a purchase by Auckland Council to resolve "the ongoing dispute". Under the Unitary Plan, Auckland Council had it rezoned