April 03, 2017
Kahungunu waka confronts Amazon Warrior
Ngati Kahungunu's double-hulled ocean voyaging canoe Te Matau a Maui has confronted the world’s largest seismic survey ship.
Spokesperson Raihania Tipoki says it intercepted the Amazon Warrior in Hawke Bay at about 10 this morning, a day before the expected meeting.
Mr Tipoki and iwi spokesperson Tina Ngata told the captain by radio the ship and its clients, the oil companies Statoil and Chevron, were in breach of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and were to depart Te Ikaroa Rawhiti waters immediately.
Speaking on behalf of 80 Te Tairawhiti hapu and iwi, Ms Ngata said the Norwegian government, which is a major shareholder in Statoil, was the first government to ratify the 1990 International Labour Organisation Convention concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries.
That means it should recognise the right of iwi Maori to proper consultation and their rights in relation to their territories and subsistence traditions.
The waka is expected back in Napier early tomorrow morning.
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