April 26, 2017
Ihumatao protest heads for UN
Representatives of a group occupying the site of a proposed special housing area beside Mangere's Otuataua Stonefields are on their way to put their case to the United Nations.
Pania Newton and Delwyn Roberts from Save Our Unique landscape heard last Thursday the Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues would hear a submission from the people of Ihumatao.
SOUL spokesperson Brendan Corbett says within hours enough money was pledged by supporters to allow the trip to New York to go ahead.
He says after years of fighting government and Auckland Council, the people now find they are up against the full forces of international capitalism.
"This project Fletchers is proposing is an investment opportunity for North American investors and superannuation funds. It's financed by American Banks – JP Morgan, Citibank, HSBC. They are the owners of Fletchers. They are the ones pushing this kaupapa to build on sacred land," he says.
Mr Corbett says the protest and occupation has allowed people to peel back the layers of colonial misinformation and understand the history of how the land at Ihumatao was taken from tangata whenua.
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