Topic: Waitangi

Hīkoi to protect NZ's seabeds reaches Waitangi

By Dean Nathan
  • Northland

Opposing the drilling of this country's seabed for oil is the main focus of a protest to Waitangi this year.

It also seeks the realisation of obligations in Te Tiriti o Waitangi more Māori self-government and control of its resources. 

It's been the call of this march from the beginning, to leave the seabed of this country in its natural state.

Hinekaa Mako told Te Kāea that, "Statoil is a company from Norway that I liken to a foreign people invading our country and taking the resources from our seabed which in turn will have a drastic affect on sea life and the people of the North."

It's an issue that indigenous peoples across the world are being confronted by, and rather than get angry, the march maintained their reasoning to the end.

The hīkoi also urged government to further discuss the findings of the Waitangi Tribunal, in that chiefs who signed Te Tiriti o Waitangi on this day in 1840 did not cede their sovereignty.

Shortly we shall see whether such an important factor will become part of discussions and negotiations in the future settlement of treaty claims.