January 22, 2020
Whenua lighter as Ihumatao deal near
A founder member of Save Our Unique Landscape says there is a feeling of relief at Ihumātao that the standoff over land there may soon be over.
While the shape of the deal is still not clear, the Government, Kiingitanga and Auckland Council have all indicated a resolution is near.
Fletcher Building has removed temporary fencing erected in July before its land was occupied as it prepared to start work on a 48-home development, including a large number of homes earmarked for mana whenua iwi.
Qiane Matata-Sipu, who has served as a liaison between the SOUL occupiers and the Kiingitanga, says the group hopes it would continue to have a role in the outcome, even though the big decisions will be made by others.
"The wairua feels good. The wairua felt really good yesterday. The whenua felt light and I think we're almost there but I don't want to guarantee it because I don't want to have to come back and bite my words afterwards," she says.
Qiane Matata Sipu,
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