Heritage Management Plan

It was important to us that all aspects of the development recognised the history and journey of our ancestors in a way that would allow us to carry the stories of our iwi forward into the future.

Preserving sacred sites such as The Walls and Kintyre was also a key focus. Our colonial history is intertwined in our past and must be recognised.

Iwi will guide archaeologists in tikanga should any taonga be found during the development.

There are different protocols to follow for Kōiwi Tangata (human remains) and Taonga (Māori artefacts), and we are confident that Fletcher Building has the experience to handle these situations appropriately.

In June 2016, Clough & Associates, a team of archaeologists who have been involved in all aspects of cultural heritage management, completed a Historic Heritage Assessment on Mangere Ōruarangi SHA, 545-561 Ōruarangi Road.

The report found that the proposed development would not impact the historic heritage sites and landscape. The land that has been designated for the housing development is land that was previously farmed for more than 100 years.

The proposed plans for the new Ōruarangi neighbourhood provides for the protection of the burial caves, the lower slopes of the nearby volcanic cone pa, the first Wallace homestead site and some of the stone walls. Click here to download a copy of the Historic Heritage Assessment to read more.

The Walls

In the early phases of the development, almost two kilometres of early European dry-stone walls will be taken down with guidance from archaeologists and herpetologists (skink experts). Plans are in place to rehome the native skinks living in the walls to a special reserve within the Ōtuataua Stonefields Historic Reserve. The stones will also be preserved and used by a team of stonemasons, skilled in building historic volcanic stone walls, later in the development to build a new wall in the community.

The stones will stay onsite at Ihumātao. Our tupuna used these stones to cultivate crops and cook kai. They are taonga to us and must be protected forever.


The second Wallace homestead, known as Kintyre, will also be protected and restored. The villa is located on the corner of Ōruarangi Road and Ihumātao Quarry Road.

As part of the development, the homestead and its surrounding garden and boundary will be restored to reflect its heritage.

Lizard management

When European settlers began farming the land, they divided the whenua with a network of volcanic dry-stone walls. The black igneous walls absorb the sun’s rays and have proven to be the perfect home for many animals, including two species of lizard native to New Zealand – the copper skink (Oligosoma aenuem) and the ornate skink (O. ornatum). All lizards are protected under the Wildlife Act (1953).

As the walls will be removed as part of the development, a new home for the lizards has been found in the nearby Ōtuataua Stonefields Reserve where a population of native skinks are already thriving. This area of native bush is fully fenced off and offers diverse ground cover for lizards to hide under – including basalt rock piles and crevices, vegetation, long grasses, and leaf litter.

A team of lizard experts, known as Herpetologists, will be overseeing the relocation. Work is currently underway to ensure their new home is as pest-free as possible.

When it comes time to relocating the lizards, the team will be identifying each species caught – taking measurements, checking their sex and making a note of where they were captured to ensure they are healthy and able to adapt to their new home.

The relocation programme has been a joint project, supported by our iwi, Auckland Council, Te Akitai Waiohua, Fletcher Building, and the Department of Conservation (DOC).

Once the lizards are rehomed, a full report of the relocation will be provided to DOC and Auckland Council.

Disclaimer: This website has been developed by Te Kawerau ā Maki and includes korero from Auckland iwi advocate Pita Turei. Pita has researched Ihumātao extensively, and is an activist, historian, and story-teller. The authors acknowledge many iwi and hapū have whakapapa to this whenua – this website is only one of their stories.