August 21, 2018
Iwi on sidelines at school occupation
The chair of Ngāti Paoa says the iwi has had no formal contact with a whānau occupying the marae at Hāto Petera.
The school on Auckland’s North Shore is set to formally close tomorrow after the Government cancelled its integration agreement after a long period of decline.
Reti Boynton, who is leading the occupation, says he has family connections to the land, which was gifted by Ngāti Paoa to the Catholic Church for the purposes of education and health.
Gary Thompson says Mr Boynton doesn’t represent the iwi and he hasn’t brought the take to a Ngāti Paoa marae.
"I'd like to be able to give them some guidance on how we have dealt with protest in the past. Our people occupied Waiheke Station in the early 1980s and the process they used was to come back to the people to get guidance and seek support and I hope this particular family would do the same," he says.
Ngāti Paoa wants to be consulted on any change to the use of the land.
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