Ngati Whatua

Media Party beat up over TPPA powhiri

The Media Party reported breathlessly last week that Maori were planning to boycott performing a powhiri for the TPPA signing.

Fairfax posts a video on every single one of their TPPA articles and it has a doomsday style audio track. The NZ Herald labels business representatives as lobbyists while Jane Kelsey is an international trade expert.

The Media Party are trying to manipulate you…and they are doing it again over the powhiri issue.

The truth has now been revealed however; only 1 out of 32 marae moaned about the TPPA and the Media Party beat it up into a storm.

The iwi organisation performing the powhiri at the signing of the TPPA say they are happy to welcome guests but does not mean they support the trade deal.

Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua will conduct the formalities of the powhiri in Auckland on Thursday, amid reports that other iwi have declined to do it.   Read more »

And the diplomats breathe a sigh of relief

Ngati Whatua say they won’t perform the powhiri at the signing of the TPPA.

Ngati Whatua says it will refuse to take part in any powhiri for international trade ministers when they visit New Zealand to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership on February 4 because it opposes the agreement.

Piripi Davis, chairman of the tribe’s Orakei trust board, said its “strong opposition” to the TPP meant it would not participate in welcoming ceremonies when ministers from the 12 TPP countries gather in Auckland for the signing.

A spokeswoman said the iwi had not yet been asked if it would take part in the powhiri, but in the past it had done so for visiting dignitaries as it had mana whenua status in central Auckland.

It was letting the Government know ahead of time that it would not take part.   Read more »

The Maori Land Wars are back

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Where do you draw the line?  

Over time, a lot of Maori ownership will have changed due to wars and raids, and if you go back far enough, I’m sure most land can be disputed between Maori depending on when  you define it to have been ‘first inhabited’.  

For generations, Ngati Whatua have been forced to defend our mana and people when neighbouring iwi have come to claim our land and separate us from the generations of our ancestors buried here.

In recent years these invasions have been in the courts, or through words, often involving the rewriting of history or selective memory which is encouraged in the western legal process.

This happens even when the devastation is fresh in the minds of those who were there, when injustice continued to visit our people.    Read more »

Maori “King of Huntly” told to naff off by Ngapuhi, they reckon Auckland is “theirs”

Ngapuhi…who, I might point out, controlled Auckland by conquest, have told Tainui to bugger off.

Ngapuhi leader David Rankin said Friday’s announcement that Maori King Tuheitia will lay claim to Auckland, is a “bit cheeky”.

He told more than 500 people gathered at Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia, including Prime Minister John Key, he was determined to see the claim through.

“It must be done,” Tuheitia said on Friday. “I am determined to do it with the start of the Kingitanga claim in Tamaki.”

The claim extends north to Mahurangi, down the Firth of Thames and across to the Manukau Harbour and to Piha.    Read more »

The Maori King wants all of Auckland. Don’t laugh, he may be onto something

The poor old truck driver from Ngāruawāhia has decided he wants all of Auckland.

The Maori King has laid out a bold wish, after revealing a Treaty claim for the entire Auckland region.

King Tuheitia explained the plan to 500 people gathered at Turangawaewae Marae, including Prime Minister John Key.

The Kingitanga claim covers a huge area from Warkworth all the way down to the Hauraki Plains.

King Tuheitia says he’s already started talks with Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson over his historical grievance.

A spokesman for the iwi, Tukuroirangi Morgan, told reporters they wanted to resolve the issues within a year.    Read more »

Will Auckland Council reduce your property value with a “mana whenua cultural heritage overlay”?

Where does this stop?

The Auckland Council supports a bid by Ngati Whatua Orakei to extend a “mana whenua cultural heritage overlay” over about 25 properties at the city end of Paritai Drive in the Auckland unitary plan.

Some of the homeowners have engaged lawyers to put opposing submissions to the unitary plan hearings panel. The land was designated a “Site of Value to Mana Whenua” when the Unitary Plan was notified in September 2013 – but the residents say no one told them.

Under current rules, property owners within a 200m “buffer zone” of these sites may need to obtain a cultural impact assessment from iwi for additions or redevelopment.

Mana whenua groups (iwi or hapu whose “customary authority” over an area is recognised) may recommend design changes to recognise the cultural and spiritual significance of the area or to avoid works which cause offence.

A 200 m buffer zone from any Maori heritage recognised location, and now they want to be able to tell you what paint colour you can or can not use.  I bet you can’t have a statue of Shiva in your garden either.   Read more »

Brownmail letter enrages locals

We know that Auckland Council has turned simple planning into a minefield of nonsense. The Proposed Unitary Plan couldn’t be more complicated and draconian if it tried.

But now the Council has peeved off the Paritai Drive jet-set with some tricky underhanded Maori sites of significance listings.

Gilda Kirkpatrick is the socialite married to Property mogul James. She calls it like it is, has rallied the local troops – smoking out the bulldust, asking why a past event should warrant Council’s actions.

The form letter posted to numbers “68 to 110a Paritai Drive” was not well-received by Gilda Kirkpatrick at No. 90, nor most of her well-heeled neighbours.

The April 9 letter from Ngati Whatua Orakei advised some of Auckland’s most envied property owners they were sitting on a “Site of Significance to Mana Whenua”, to be listed in the unitary plan. The plan “requires consultation with affected iwi to ensure any development respects the cultural values and associations with that site”. What rankled Kirkpatrick, and others, was that they’d missed the opportunity to lodge opposing submissions – that deadline had passed 14 months earlier. Any neighbours (or their lawyers) who’d studied the daunting draft of the unitary plan had not recognised the name: Onepu Whakatakataka. No maps pinpointed the site.

Residents of 30 to 40 years’ standing had never heard the name used for the point at the street’s western end (some knew it as Hobson Pt), where views stretch across Hobson Bay to Mt Eden, to the city, and out to the harbour and gulf.  Read more »

No surprises here as Ngati Whatua go to court

The brownmail starts. Ngati Whatua are going to court.

I wonder when the taniwha is going to turn up?

Auckland iwi Ngati Whatua has confirmed it will seek a judicial review of Government’s plan to sell off Crown land to private developers.

The iwi said this afternoon it had filed a statement of claim in the High Court in Auckland to seek a ruling on its right of first refusal on surplus land in Auckland.

“Ngati Whatua is working closely with the government to get more houses built,” iwi spokesman Ngarimu Blair said in a statement.   Read more »

Nick Smith was wrong, Iwi are going to court

Nick Smith’s ongoing omnishambles trundles forward and as predicted here Iwi are going to court.

Housing Minister Nick Smith says it is “disappointing” iwi are taking legal action on the issue of ‘first right of refusal’ and he would prefer the matter is settled out of court.

Ngati Whatua and Waikato-Tainui yesterday challenged the Government’s interpretation of ‘right of first refusal’ in light of Budget moves to free up surplus land in Auckland for private housing developments.

“It’s a little bit disappointing, it certainly wasn’t raised when I met with the 13 iwi [yesterday],” Mr Smith said on Newstalk ZB this morning.  Read more »

Yep, Nick Smith really should give Daryl Kerrigan a call

Someone really does need to tell Nick Smith he’s dreamin’.

Housing Minister Nick Smith has just had a hui with Auckland’s 13 iwi who claim first right of refusal on up to 500 hectares of public land earmarked for housing.

“I emphasized to them that the Government is absolutely committed – both in spirit and in word – to ensure that their Treaty obligations are respected,” Mr Smith says.

Iwi took exception to treatment by the Crown over plans to develop huge tracts of land.

They say they would normally be given first rights but a clause allows the Government to sell public land for social purposes.

Mr Smith is reassigning education and transport land to state housing land.

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