April 05, 2019
Iwi voices ignored in Ihumatao decision
Ihumātāo protesters want to fill Aotea Square when they deliver a petition to Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and councillor Penny Hulse next Tuesday.
Qiane Matata-Sipu from Save Our Unique Landscape says free busses will leave at 9.30 am from Mākaurau Marae, the Mangere Mountain Education Centre and Te Puea Marae.
She says it’s time for the council to take some responsibility for the effect its decisions over generations have made on Ihumātāo.
An Official Information Act search for internal emails about the proposed special housing area next to the Otuataua Stonefields has revealed significant failings.
"The housing project office and the staff in there knew there was stong mana whanua oppositiomn and they knew all mana whenua opposed this. However, as the email trail went on the red flag went to a green flag for no apparent reason. So there are systems in council which have failed their own councillors. It has definitely failed the people. The council needs to take responsibility for that.
Qiane Matata-Sipu says the names on the petition show the protest has the support of ahi kaa and mana whenua, as well as people from throughout Tāmaki Makaurau.
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