March 02, 2022
Pipitea protesters get geography lesson
Pipitea Marae chair Kura Moeahu says anti-vax protestors need to get their history straight.
A group of protesters tried to take over the marae a short distance from Parliament last week claiming they had been given mana whenua rights by Ngāti Tama.
Mr Moeahu says the Raurimu pā site linked to Ngāti Tama is actually on the far side of Thorndon from Pipitea and Parliament, near the top of Hobson St.
He says the protesters were given a lesson in tikanga.
“We weren’t asking for them to go home, we weren’t telling them to bugger off home. We were asking them to please act and behave as responsible manuhiri, respecting our whenua, respecting our moana, but most of all respecting our people who have to go to school, our tamariki who go to school. Unfortunately, a niece of mine was actually spat at and I am furious about that,” Mr Moeahu says.
Taranaki Whānui responded to the attempted invasion by invoking Te Kahu o Te Raukura – a call for peace and non-violence over the area.