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22.06.07 22:13 Age: 10 yrs

Volcanic cones cleared for World Heritage talks

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By: www.nzherald.co.nz

Auckland's volcanic cones are expected to be earmarked as potential World Heritage sites this week as New Zealand prepares to host its first World Heritage Committee meeting.

From this weekend, Christchurch will play host to the 31st session of the global committee which encourages the preservation of the world's most outstanding cultural and natural heritage sites.

About 800 international delegates are expected to attend.

The session will be chaired by Tumu te Heuheu, New Zealand's World Heritage representative for the past decade.

While some of the 21 nations involved will be putting forward nominations for sites to be classified with prestigious World Heritage status, New Zealand will only be putting forward a tentative list of sites that could in future be nominated for that status.

Auckland's 50 volcanic cones were to be announced earlier this month on a list of those potential sites to be submitted, but issues around a Treaty of Waitangi Settlement and lack of consultation meant the announcement had to be put on hold.

Three of the cones - Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill), Puketapapa (Mt Roskill) and Maungawhau (Mt Eden) - are included in Ngati Whatua's proposed $10 million settlement with the Crown.

The Herald understands the issues have now been resolved.

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