February 18, 2021
Whanganui iwi stop Gentle Annie bulldozing
Whanganui iwi turned out in force yesterday to protest road widening at the top of Pūnakewhitu/Gentle Annie, the bluff at the start of the Whanganui River Road.
Hapū member Kiritahi Firman says there had been no consultation about the work, which was being done to improve access so forestry could be harvested from a farm belonging to the Oskam family.
"Even though the regional council said the forestry company had supplied a plan and followed engagement with some local people, it certainly wasn't our hapū. So today we stood in solidarity to protect our mana, our rangatiratanga, our mana motuhake for Pūnakewhitu," she says.
Hapu members will be back on the road today, and they’re seeking a meeting with the Oskams.
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