July 24, 2019
Ihumātao a lesson in protest
Ihumātao protesters have been shown support by the school where many of them went.
A group from Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae joined the picket line yesterday where the Save Our Unique Landscape group and its supporters were trying to stop Fletcher Building contractors entering the site to start work on a housing development.
SOUL leader Pania Newton says the children's singing and kapa haka was a welcome relief after an early morning clash with police.
"Me and many of my cousins and my own siblings have gone through the kura. It was a proud day to be an ex-student of Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae. They’ve supported us through all these years we’ve resisted this housing development. Just having them there, our own whānau, provided us peace of mind," she says.
Ms Newton says the way two women who climbed onto a truck trying to enter the site were arrested was inhumane and distressing, and added to a distrust SOUL now feels towards the police.
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