Tangata Whenua remind Crown that the fight continues


As the Crown made its way to Owhata Marae in Rotorua to make an official apology to Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa a dedicated group stood vigil to remind John Key and the Pumautanga representatives that the fight was not over.

Prime Minister John Key, Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson and Associate Maori Affairs Minister Georgina Te Heu Heu all attended the ceremony.

These were the failure to adequately protect tribal structures following the impact of the native land laws, the failure to actively protect the interests of Affiliate Te Arawa when purchasing land, and the failure to ensure that some iwi and hapū were left with sufficient land for their present and future needs, said Mr Key.

The Crown’s apology acknowledges its failure to deal with grievances of iwi over historical Crown acquisition of their lands.  The Te Arawa settlement sees 19 areas of land returned to the iwi, the transfer of $36 million worth of Crown Forestry and the option to purchase more forestry assets at market rates.


  1. Kia ora ano

    Just to confirm that we will position/base/meet up at the corner of Owhata Road and Hinemoa Point Road tomorrow. Bernie and I will be there from 9.30am onwards.

    Protest be held from 10am onwards on Friday 28 August, Corner Owhata and Hinemoa Point Roads until John Key’s proposed drive past us to the Owhata Marae

    His powhiri at the Marae is scheduled for 10.30am.

    Our objective is to show John Keys that we are against his decision to have NO Maori seats on the Auckland Super City Council – we have some placards however if you could make some more that would be awesome and ensure they are big too! A couple of suggested slogans “DON’T DELETE MAORI SEATS” AND “Key’s in Hide’s pocket”!

    Please dress for the weather conditions – might need a rain coat or three! I look forward to seeing all of you that are able to come and tautoko the kaupapa tomorrow. In the words of one of my old school principal’s “STAND UP AND BE COUNTED”!

    Naaku noa, na

    D T Raroa
    For and on behalf of Nga Tai o te Reinga


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