December 21, 2020
Ihumatao win shows power of new generation
Greens co-leader Marama Davidson says a deal for the crown to buy out Fletcher Building from the Ihumātao development shows the day of reckoning is coming for tiriti justice.
She says it’s a massive win for the commitment and campaign skills of the Save Our Unique Landscape group, who the Greens have supported since they first occupied the land next to the Otuataua Stonefields.
It now puts the future of the land in the hands of ahi kaa and mana whenua.
She says it vindicates those who have challenged what was being done to the land, back to its original confiscation, and it is being closely watched around the country.
“There is a new generation of young Māori leadership, predominantly wahine Māori assisted by our brothers, and they are not ready to accept crumbs. That’s what it says and it says all those missteps that have happened over 100 plus years will no longer be tolerated,” Ms Davidson says.
She says the crown needs to rethink the way it treats partnership.
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