Let me guess…there’s a taniwha there?

Looks like  good bit of stand-over happening up north now tourist season is in full swing.

Peter de Graaf of The Northern Advocate reports:

A Maori trust is planning a direct action campaign this summer after a meeting with tourism companies failed to reach agreement over boats passing through the iconic Hole in the Rock.

The Motu Kokako Ahuwhenua Trust, which owns Motu Kokako or Hole in the Rock, isn’t saying yet what the campaign will entail – except that it will take its message to the public and prospective tourists, starting with social media and escalating from there. Later options are thought to include protests on wharves and at sea. 

The trust says it has no problem with private boats traversing the hole but objects to companies profiting from the island while trampling on the owners’ mana.

Chairman Rau Hoskins said the Trust met tour companies Fullers, Explore NZ and Mack Attack on Saturday but the two sides were still far apart. The Trust was open to any agreement acknowledging the island’s significance and the need for revenue from tours to and through Motu Kokako to be shared fairly, in the same way companies paid a concession to run ventures on private or DoC land.

”We don’t mind private craft respectfully traversing the kohao (hole) but we have a real problem with commercial operators using the island as a core part of their tours. They are profiting, but at the same time they are trampling on our mana.”

Tours have been traversing the Hole in the Rock for decades…and now they have a problem with it?

This looks like a good old case of brown-mail to me.

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