February 19, 2021
Long haul for Pahauwera fishing rights
Thirty years after she wrote her submission, a Ngāti Pāhauwera kuia is getting a chance to have her say on why the iwi’s customary rights over coastal areas in its northern Hawke’s Bay rohe should be recognised.
The High Court is sitting at the Napier War memorial Hall for the next seven weeks to hear the iwi’s applications for orders under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011.
Lady Tureiti Moxon says the relationship with the sea is part of the hapū who live along the coast.
"This is not about an asset for us. It is about our livelihood. It is about what sustains us when things are rough. That has been our māra kai of the moana for centuries and yet here we are having to lay claim to it, that it actually belongs to us and we should have kaitiakitanga," she says.
Lady Moxon says unlike Ngāti Porou, which secured recognition based on its continued ownership of coastal land, Ngāti Pāhauwera lost its land by confiscation and unfair transactions.
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