Conservation Board agenda irks iwi
|05 Dec 2019 09:18 AM|
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Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae chair Francois Tumahai, one of the two iwi representatives on the board, says over the past year it has strayed into areas that are properly the concern or management or mana whenua.
He says it’s lost the balance which is essential to the coast.
"You find them delving into areas and actually using Māori terms like mana - this area's losing its mana, the river is losing its mana - they've got no right to use that. Only kaitiaki can do that and that's us. So they're drifting across the line as far as we're concerned and all we are trying to do is bring a balance of conservation and economic development," he says.Copyright © 2019, UMA Broadcasting Ltd: www.waateanews.com