COLOR-Waatea logo 2016-final

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

12:00am - 06:00am
Ed Sheeran

Powhiri used to justify blockade
Megan Blennerhassett - Photo Credit

Share to Email
Share to RSS
Share to Print

A pōwhiri by two south Auckland kaumatua for a controversial wānanga on Ōwairaka-Mount Albert at the weekend is being held up by protesters as a sign of cultural sensitivity.

The wānanga, led by Pouroto Ngaropo of Ngāti Awa’s Te Tawera hapū from Matatā, was done in partnership with the Honour the Maunga group, which is blocking efforts by the Tūpuna Maunga Authority to reforest the mountain with native vegetation indigenous to the area.

The Ngāti Awa Runanga has distanced itself from Mr Ngaropo’s action and says it supports tangata whenua to make the best decisions for their taonga, lands and waters in their rohe.

The wānanga was opened by Martin Cooper, who is of Te Kei O Te Waka O Tainui and Ngāti Whātua descent, and Rangi McLean, who has Mataatua and Tainui connections.

Honour The Maunga spokeswoman Anna Radford says the fact mana whenua formally welcomed the group onto the maunga counters criticisms its tree protection actions are culturally insensitive.

“It was a true honour to be formally welcomed, supported and to receive validation for our own deeply held spiritual connections with Ōwairaka. These connections and beliefs very much align with the Māori spiritual beliefs shared with us during this weekend’s wānanga,” she says.

Honour the Maunga refused to take part in a hui held on the mountain last month when the Tūpuna Maunga Authority and mana whenua representatives explained their position on why 345 exotic trees needed to be cleared from the mountain so replanting could be done over the coming winter.

Copyright © 2020, UMA Broadcasting Ltd:

Korihi Dates

flu cmdhb apr 2020

TRM Classes
NLC - One More Try - (feat Stanley T) [Official Video]
ZB apology to John Tamihere for on-air stoush
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: ZB have apologised today to John Tamihere for comments Mike Hosking made regarding funding Te Pou Matakana had received from the Ministry of Māori Development.
Will Green voters surprise in Te Tai Hauauru
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: There are a couple of electorate battles this election that will have a dramatic impact on the result.
Why is Oranga Tamariki so bad and why is the Government so hellbent on defending it?
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: Last week, Newsroom published a devastating critique of Oranga Tamariki management and work culture.





Enter your email address to receive regular updates from Waatea News.
  • fb

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

12:00am - 06:00am