E mānukanuka ana a Ngāti Wai mo te whakarāhui moana i Rangitahua

Dean Nathan
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E mea ana ā Ngāti Wai, ko tōna ōhanga ka pākia ki te aukatia ngā mahi hao ika mō te hoko i ngā wai o Rangatahua. Koia tā te heamana o Te Poari o Ngāti Wai kei te tohe hoki i te kaupapa nei a te kāwanatanga.

Ki tā Ngāti Wai, ehara I te mea e whakahē rawa ana rātou i te kaupapa kia rāhuingia ngā moana e karapoti ana i a Rangitahua.

E ai ki a  Hadyn Edmonds te heamana o Ngāti Wai, “The issue for us is the lack of consultation over that process.  It purports to give away over six hundred thousand hectares of space which includes the protection of 150 species of inshore fish.”

E whakateka ana a Ngāti Wai i te kī a te Pirimia, horekau te Māori i hao ika ki taua rohe moana mo te tekau tau.

Ki tā Edmonds, “That's not true, there is a fishing company that goes up there every year during the four months that its open to fish the highly migratory fish which is blue fin and swordfish.”

Ao ake i te kaupapa a te kāwana hei tiaki i a Tikapa Moana, he kaupapa anō tēnei e patu ana i ngā pukoro o Ngāti Wai. 

I raro I te QMS, e rua tekau paiheneti o ngā wehenga hao tamure katoa kei a Ngāti Wai e pupuri ana, ā, koinei anō hoki te nuinga o te ōhanga e mau nei i a Ngāti Wai.

I raro i tō rātou whakataunga tiriti, e tu tangata whenua ana a Ngāti Kuri ki ngā whenua o Rangitahua. Ko rātou tonu tēra e tautoko ana i te kaupapa a te kawana mo Rangitahua.

E ai ki a Harry Burkhardt, “My view is we need to be protecting our rights and interests and our obligation space and its doesn’t matter who the government is I think we'll always be having that conversation.”

Engari ehara i te mea e whakahē ana i ngā mahi a Te Ohu Kaimoana kia whai tēnei take ki te Te Kooti.

Ki tā Burkhardt, “We fully support the opportunity to do that, as they have acknowledged our rights to have a position at the Kermadecs or Rangitahua.  Theres also a counter conversation how do we protect our rights and interests per se?