Rotorua Airport Protest Cancelled Hapu to Negotiate with Crown

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Eleventh-hour progress on the long-standing issues of a Te Arawa hapu concerning the impact on them from over-flying aircraft has been welcomed from hapu members who intended to convene a passive protest highlighting their issues this Saturday at Rotorua Airport.

At a hui last night the hapu was advised that the owner of the airport, Rotorua District Council, and the Crown, which created the flight path immediately over the marae in the 1960s, have agreed to sit at the table with Ngati Uenukukopako.

We have been trying for years, dating back to my fathers days, to get them to listen and theyve agreed to do that by entering into serious talks with us. said Mrs Hohepa-Kiriona of Ngati Uenukukopako.

The objective of the protest, originally planned for this Saturday to co-incide with the first international flight, was to get the Crown and local council to the table which has now been achieved, Mrs Hohepa-Kiriona said.

Our sincere aroha goes out to all those supporters who intended to protest with us nga mihi nui ki a koutou but because weve managed to achieve the objective before the protest, we do not wish to waste anyones valuable time time they could spend with their whanau.

The hapu has mandated Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa to negotiate with the Crown and local council on their behalf.

As with most Treaty negotiations, the detail of these negotiations would remain confidential, Mrs Hohepa-Kiriona said.

Progress on hapus aircraft concerns welcomed

Eleventh-hour progress on the long-standing issues of a Te Arawa hapu concerning the impact on them from over-flying aircraft has been welcomed from hapu members who intended to convene a passive protest highlighting their issues this Saturday at Rotorua Airport.

At a hui of our hapu last night we were advised that the owner of the airport, Rotorua District Council, and the Crown, which created the flight path immediately over our marae in the 1960s, have agreed to sit at the table with us, said Blanche Hohepa-Kiriona of Ngati Uenukukopako.

We have been trying for years, dating back to my fathers days, to get them to listen and theyve agreed to do that by entering into serious talks with us.

The objective of the protest, originally planned for this Saturday to co-incide with the first international flight, was to get the Crown and local council to the table which has now been achieved, Mrs Hohepa-Kiriona said.

Our sincere aroha goes out to all those supporters who intended to protest with us nga mihi nui ki a koutou but because weve managed to achieve the objective before the protest, we do not wish to waste anyones valuable time time they could spend with their whanau.

The hapu has mandated Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa to negotiate with the Crown and local council on their behalf.

As with most Treaty negotiations, the detail of these negotiations would remain confidential, Mrs Hohepa-Kiriona said.

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