May 18, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Mutu backs Taipa occupations

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(Source | Waatea News) The chair of Te Runanga o Ngati Kahu says protesters occupying a site at Taipa Point have her full backing.

At lunchtime today a group led by the Popata brothers moved onto a privately-owned section adjacent to the Far North District Council reserve from which there were removed by police last week.

Margaret Mutu, who is the iwi’s lead treaty negotiator, says the brothers have been attending Ngati Kahu hui since they were at school.

She says the occupations, which have been off and on all year, were mandated by the tribe in January when it discussed whether to agree in principle to a settlement that returned only 5 percent of the land Ngati Kahu lost.

The conclusion out of that hui was, this is the best that my generation can do. What weve got is a lot better than my fathers generation was able to get. Therefore the negotiators were mandated to sign the agreement in principle on the condition that the next generation would go after the rest of our lands, Dr Mutu says.

She says Ngati Kahu is unhappy with the Crown’s position that it cannot return all the land stolen from the tribe.

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