July 13, 2021
Whareroa takes poison fight to UN
An embattled Tauranga Moana marae will get a chance this evening to share its fight with a United Nations panel.
Joel Ngatuere from Whareroa Marae says the hapū will connect by Zoom this evening with the United Nations Expert Mechanism on The Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
He says panel members keen for feedback on the rights of tamariki and on progress towards self determination as set out in the declaration on indigenous rights.
Mr Ngatuere will talk about how the Mount Maunganui marae and its children are affected daily by the neighbouring fertiliser and chemical companies.
"Not only that. It's forced dispalacement of our whānau, when our families and our tamariki are being forced to relocate away from our marae because of the damage to the health of their babies, or being too scared to come back to the marae," he says.
Joel Ngatuere says because central and local government have failed to act on the pollution of their kainga, the marae is forced to seek international support.
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