Mangatangi Marae reps refuse to back down

By Heeni Brown
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

The Rena disaster and rapid influx of companies wanting to mine coal, minerals and oil offshore in New Zealand is fuelling the fight of Mangatangi Marae.

In a Te Tēpu panel discussion, a trio of iwi and Mangatangi Marae representatives told host, Chris Winitana of plans to appeal a Waikato District and Waikato Regional council decision granting Glencoal permission to mine for coal in their region.

The panel highlighted the mining issue as something that many Māori have and will come up against with the government globally promoting New Zealand as a prime spot for mining exploration.

Mangatangi Marae plans to lodge an appeal on Thursday and while legal advice suggests they may not get the outcome they want they plan to push ahead nonetheless.

George Katipa of Waikato, Ngāti Amaru says he has seen the impacts of mining and tactics the companies use but this has not deterred them.