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World Heritage Status for Auckland volcanoes a step closer

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A bid to give the Auckland Volcanic Field World Heritage Status has taken another step.

Auckland Council, central government and the Tamaki Collective have agreed to prepare a heritage assessment and strategic case ahead of making a decision on whether to proceed with a bid.

The Auckland Plan includes a target of achieving World Heritage Status for the volcanic field, including some or all of the maunga by 2020.

The Mayor says World Heritage Status would raise the profile of Auckland and its rare and treasured relationship with the volcanic field around which it has evolved. It should present cultural, economic development and tourism opportunities while ensuring that areas of iconic heritage are protected at the highest level and recognising the unique relationship of the Tamaki Collective and others with the maunga and other volcanic features.

"Aucklanders are proud of their natural environment and the volcanic features, and the maunga are something that are uniquely Auckland," says Len Brown. "World Heritage Status is a wonderful way of both protecting and promoting this taonga."

"However, all of the parties involved want to ensure that any bid for this international recognition will be successful and achieve the outcomes we want, so we need to do some more work to prepare our case before we proceed."

The work will be overseen by Auckland Council, the iwi and hapu that make up the Tamaki collective and government representatives.

The initial phase of the work is expected to cost $75,000 plus staff time.

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