July 17, 2015
My Mountain Speaks: Maori to stand in solidarity with Hawaiians to stop TMT construction on sacred land.
17th July 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“My Mountain Speaks: Maori to stand in solidarity with Hawaiian’s to stop TMT construction on sacred land.”
New Zealanders have been called to participate in a Pacific wide ceremony in support of the people of Hawaii protecting ancestral lands. People have been invited to gather at Okahu Bay in Auckland on Saturday 18th July at 9 am, and be part of a mass karanga and spiritual ceremony. Participating countries include Hawaii, Rapanui, Tahiti, Rarotonga, Requa and of course Aotearoa, who will be undertaking similar ceremonies across the Pacific. Leading political scientist from the University of Hawaii, and supporter of the ‘Protectors of Mauna a Wakea’, Dr Keanu Sai will be in attendance at the Okahu Bay event and will provide an update of the current occupation of Mauna a Wakea. The intention is to highlight and cease the threat of the construction of the world’s largest telescope, the Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT), on the summit of Mauna a Wakea on the Big Island of Hawaii. The construction, or more aptly described as destruction, is seen as a direct attack on the physical, spiritual and cultural integrity of the maunga and the wellbeing of the Hawaiian People and the generations to come.
(Dr M Lee-Penehira for ‘My Mountain Speaks’)
DATE and TIME: Saturday 18th July at 9 am
WHERE: Okahu Bay, Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland), Aotearoa. Rain plan, is the old Orakei Health clinic, 230 Kupe St, Orakei.
WHO: This event is open to all who wish to support the stance of solidarity.
Precious Clark (Ngati Whatua)
Dr Mera Lee-Penehira (Te Wharepora Hou)
Cellphone: +64 21 478 194
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