December 14, 2020
Ihumatao occupiers ready for compromise
A spokesperson for the group occupying land at Ihumātao says they are happy with where things now stand.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern yesterday refused to confirm speculation cabinet had discussed a proposal the crown buy the land from Fletcher Building, whose 480 home development was put on hold 18 months ago when Save our Unique Landscape moved on to the whenua.
Qiane Matata-Sipu says her group wasn’t expecting an announcement while talks continue between government and Kiingitanga, but signs are promising.
"The two things our whānau have always asked for is that the development be stopped and the whenua be returned. Whether or not a resolution comes this side of Christmas or after Christmas, we do know that resolution is only the beginning of an ongoing process. It's not going to see both those things happen immediately but it may see one happen and we continue to work towards other things that will satisfy our whānau in the long run," she says.
Qiane Matata-Sipu says SOUL continues to live on the land and grow kai on the land.
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