June 02, 2020
Ocean dumping binds iwi in opposition
Great Barrier iwi Ngāti Rehua Ngātiwai ki Aotea says Auckland Council is failing to consider Māori views on dumping at sea.
Spokesperson Kelly Klink says iwi and hapū are furious at a decision to strike out their objections to plans to dump more than 3 million of cubic metres of sediment into the sea between Aotea and the Coromandel Peninsula.
A council officer said their submission and more than 100 others did not need to be considered because the consent process was about the dredging from Auckland Harbour, not where it was dumped.
Ms Klink says that's not how iwi sees it.
"Iwi need to be heard in these sort of cases and to understand the Moana binds all iwi together. We all have a part within it, and if you dump in one area, the Moana is going to be affected throughout," she says.
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