Ngāti Manuhiri land deal a kick in the guts says beneficiary

Talisa Kupenga
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Kei te koropupu te riri ki te whanau o Omaha marae i te tuku whenua me te whakatu Whare ki te Te Arai.  Ahakoa i hokona mai e Ngāti Manuhiri te whenua mai i te Karauna i te tau 2012 i muri mai i te whakataunga kerēme, e ai ki te whanau kaore ratou i korerohia, a, nui te awangawanga mo nga wahi tapu ki reira. 

He roimata mo te whenua, kua tukuna mo te putea.

E ai ki tetahi mema o Omaha marae trustee a Myra Aitken, "Well I'm quite hurt actually because you know there was no consultation and I've lived here all my life and I haven't been told anything, you know, when I heard about it I was in shock, you know and I still am."

Te Kowhiringa e hangai pū ana ki te tuku whenua, me te whakatu whare ki Te Arai e whakataki e Ngāti Manuhiri.

"I'm against it completely. The development the whole thing. It shouldn't happen. We should save those lands for our tamariki for our mokos," hei tā Aitken.

I kite te roopu nei i te karere i runga i a Pukamata, i te timatanga o tera marama.

Hei tā Janelle P he kawhiwhi o Ngāti Manuhiri, "That was the first that we'd heard and to hear that we had entered into this joint venture to sell land, it was like a kick in the guts. We're supposed to be registered beneficiaries of the settlement trust I never received an email about a hui to discuss a mandate to sell. There was nothing and to this day I've never seen any documentation. You can dress it up however you like but it’s just land for blankets again all over again."

Ko ngā āwangawanga o te whānau ki konei, ehara ko te kore kōrero mō te tuku whenua anake, engari mō ngā wāhi tapu hoki i te rohe.

Koinei te whakahoki o Ngāti Manuhiri

"All of those people have attended the different consultation huis. We feel that we have communicated to the availability of all of Ngati Manuhiri. That particular land has had two rotations of forest over it so it's been worked over twice by forestry companies in the past. I can assure you that Ngāti Manuhiri will protect and look after any wahi tapu that is there."

Ko te whenua i tuku kia taea e Ngāti Manuhiri ki te whakatu whare, kaore e taea te whakamahi a ohanga mō Ngāti Manuhiri.