June 15, 2017
Tauranga Moana reject Hauraki advance
Tauranga Moana iwi are meeting on Friday to discuss progress … or the lack of it … on what they see as an incursion by Hauraki tribes into their harbour.
The proposed Pare Hauraki settlement deed says the crown recognises the iwi of Hauraki have interests in Tauranga Moana which may be the subject of future redress, and Hauraki will be able to participate in any governance and management arrangements for the harbour to be negotiated between the Crown and relevant iwi.
But Tauranga Moana kaumatua Hauata Palmer says the other iwi don’t want Hauraki at the management table.
He reject’s Hauraki’s claim its rohe stretches from Matakana in the north to Matakana Island where he lives.
"They say it’s an old pepeha, that is not true. I've only heard it in the last probably 30 years. That can't be traditional if i've heard it in the last 30 years it's just not true. If they say "mai nga kuri a whaariki Matakana, that's fine but they say "mai Matakana ki Matakana" and that is just not true" he says.
Hauata Palmer says Tauranga Moana wants to engage with Pare Hauraki face to face, but the iwi refuses invitations to meet.
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