Te Ōhākī Marae Māori Land Court application dismissed

Mere McLean
  • Waikato/Te Waiariki

I whakakorehia e kaiwhakawā Coxhead o te kōtī whenua Māori i te tono mai i ngā uri o Te Ōhākī Marae i Reporoa kia whakakorehia te whakatau a ngā kaitiaki kia kore e anga whakamua ta rātou rautaki me Contact Energy ki te whakatū i tētahi taiepa aukati waipuke hei tiaki i to rātou Marae.

Kei te noho tiwehewehe ngā kaitiaki me te hunga whai pānga o Te Ōhākī Marae, Reporoa.  I tēnei rā i tae rātou ki mua i te aroaro o te Kōtī Whēnua Māori ki Rotorua, ko te tirohanga mēnā ka anga whakamua te rautaki a Contact Energy kia whakatū i tētahi taiepa aukati waipuke pātata ki to rātou marae, kāore rānei.

Hei tā Peter Staite (Ngāti Tahu, Ngāti Whaoa), “To put a wall between us and the might Waikato River is offensive it does not belong, it is not in keeping with the protection that is granted by the NZ Gazette notice or the Māori Reservation notice that is said to protect our just rights.”

Kei te taha o te awa o Waikato te Marae o Te Ōhākī e tū ana, ā, kei raro i ngā whakamataku o te waipuke me te whakatotohu.  Nō te tau, tekau mā toru he whakaaetanga kia whakatū i tētahi taiepa hei tiaki i te Marae me ōna whenua ki waenga i a Contact Energy me ngā kaitiaki Marae.  I te tau, tekau mā tahi i puta anō tētahi atu huarahi, kia nekehia te Marae.  

E ai ki te kaitiaki o Te Ōhāki Marae, a a Valerie Moengaroa, “It spilt our family up because it put us on opposite sides there was some of us fighting for it back then and the information given to all our whānau when we became elected in 2013 was that we are now safe to stay.”

Ko te kēhi i mua i a kaiwhakawā Coxhead kia kite mēna i tika ngā mahi a ngā kaitiaki ki raro i te ture.  Mēnā hoki i tika ta rātou whakatau kia anga whakamua ngā mahi whakatū i te taiepa, ā, i wāngana anō tēnei kaupapa ki waenga i ngā whānau.  E ai ki ai a, ae.  I tika rātou, engari e noho tōtara wāhi rua ētahi o te Marae.  

Hei tā Moengaroa, “I believe that as Trustees we have mislead our people, we've mislead them into believing from taking them away from wanting to relocate giving them false hope that we should remain forever be safe and now we are back in that same scenario again.”

Ka timata ngā mahi whakatū i te taiepa hei te mārama e tū mai nei.