Weekend hui reinforces Pewhairangi Claim (Waatea News)

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A Waitangi kaumatua says the turnout for a weekend foreshore and seabed protest in the Bay of Islands indicates feelings are still running high over the issue.

About 100 members of Ngati Rehia and Ngati Kawa gathered on the beach in front of Te Tii Marae to reinforce their claim of customary ownership of Pewhairangi, the Bay of Islands.

Kingi Taurua says they want the Crown to acknowledge that, rather than making them jump through the hoops of court action or direct negotiation set by the new Marine and Coastal Area Takutai Moana Act.

We believe we are the caretakers of the Treaty of Waitangi and the 1835 Declaration of Independence and in those articles it doesnt say anything else but we have the right to the seas and our taonga. Mr Taurua says.

The hui endorsed the stance Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira took against the legislation.

http://www.waatea603am.co.nz/News/2011/April/Weekend-hui-reinforces-Pewhairangi-/default.aspx

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