November 22, 2021
Court threat give Ngāi Tahu land review role
Ngāi Tahu kaiwhakahaere Lisa Tumahai says having the iwi involved in a review of stewardship land in the South Island will make the process more robust.
A mana whenua panel has been appointed to work with the Department of Conservation on reclassifying land in its takiwā to better protect areas which are home to threatened species and high priority ecosystems.
It follows the suspension of court action taken by Ngāi Tahu against the review.
Miss Tumahai says cultural practices and historical context need to be taken into account.
“We can bring in a wealth of information and knowledge that the crown-appointed panel members won’t have and that is quite significant when you are re-classifying land,” she says.