August 21, 2019
Ihumātao occupiers set to deliver petition to PM
Ihumātao is on the move.
Supporters of the Save Our Unique Landscape group are today marching from Māngere to the Prime Minister's electorate office in Mount Albert asking that she visit the protest.
The petition has attracted more than 25,000 signatures since it was launched a week ago.
Jacinda Ardern has said she is watching the situation at Ihumātao closely, but sometimes leadership means recognising when you need to create space for others, which she has done by letting the Kiingitanga facilitate discussions between mana whenua.
The hīkoi leaves Ihumātao at 8am, and will cross Māngere Bridge just before 10am, and proceed parallel the motorway to Sandringham Rd, down past St Lukes and arriving at the Prime Minister's new North Rd office about 2pm – a distance of almost 19 kilometres.
The Māori king yesterday said he was encouraged by the progress in the talks over Ihumātao.
Closing his annual koroneihana hui at Ngaruawāhia, King Tuheitia said the talks will take time, but under his korowai and protection the mana whenua can talk freely.
They have waited 150 years for their confiscated whenua, they deserve time and space to consider the future of their ancestral land.
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