March 06, 2013
Te Hiku iwi ignored in 90 Mile Beach dash
Far North iwi are upset that the Far North District Council didn’t talk to them about letting BBC’s Top Gear film on 90 Mile Beach.
The beach will be closed off next week while Jeremy Clarkson and his co-hosts put a "supersonic" car through its paces.
Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira says as far as he can determine the council has failed to formally consult with Te Rarawa, Ngāi Takoto, Te Aupouri and Ngāti Kuri, who share mana over the beach.
“You’d think that after all these years, all of these generations and the settlement that has gone down in the Far North, including a settlement over Te Oneroa ā Tohe or Ninety Mile Beach as it’s known to Pākeha, involving a shared management relationship of that beach. You’d think that the council would have woken up to that. Quite frankly, I can see the whole thing going pear shape unless the council starts grovelling really quickly,” says Hone Harawira.
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