July 30, 2020
Rōpū takes aim at Aotea dumping
A new group has formed in the north to represent coastal whānau concerned at the state of the moana.
Spokesperson Arapeta Hamilton of Te Whānau o Te Moananui o Toi Te Huatahi Trust was established after decades of frustration with the Resource Management Act and the Environment Court.
Its members descend from Toi Te Huatahi, who explored waters from the Mokohinau Islands northwest of Aotea Great Barrier to Pare Hauraki.
"We're here to help all our whānau as we go forward to look after our environment. If we don't look after the water, who is going to look after the water? Ko wai?" he says.
Arapeta Hamilton says the trust's priority is opposing the Ports of Auckland consent for dump dredge spoil off Aotea.
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