He kai-mātai whaipara whenua e karanga ana ki te kāwanatanga me te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau kia ākiritia te tono mō te wāhi motuhake e ono tekau mā rua ki te whakatū whare ki Ihumātao. E whai ana tēnei i te huranga o ētahi taonga tuauki i te whenua. Ko te kōrero a Dave Veart, he whenua whai hītori nui tēnei, ā, me noho hoki ia i raro i te rāhui whenua o Ōtūatauā kei tōna taha.
Nā ngēnei para tawhito kua kitea mohoa nei, i manukanuka ai a Dave Veart e pā ana ki te rohe kāinga hou i te huarahi o Orurangi.
“While it might be rubbish, what they contain is all sorts of information about the people who were living here. We can tell that there were fires here because there's bits of charcoal amongst the shell, we can date the shell. Often it's a sign that there's something bigger underneath.”
Ā, kua whakahou te kōkiri a Veart rātou ko te rōpū whakahē iwikainga o SOUL, kia aukati i te mahi a Fletcher Residential Ltd, e hanga ana i ngā whare whā rau waru tekau ki reira.
“I'm very firmly of the opinion that this is a completely inappropriate piece of land to use that way. It's of a level of importance that it should be publicly owned by everyone in this country, not just a few, and that it should be incorporated into the Otuataua Stonefields Historic Reserve.”
E ai ki te Kaiwhakahaere o SOUL a Waimarie MacFarland, “Waiho kia pērā ai, kia tāea tonu te whakahaumaru mō ngā uri whakatupu, anō hoki hei matapihi mō rātou, te āta kite me pēwhea ō mātou tūpuna i noho ai i ngā wā o mua tae noa ki tēnei wā.”
Nō te marama o Pēpuere nei i whāriki pūrongo te kamupene o Fletcher, kotahi rau ono tekau mā rima whārangi te nui, ki ngā huinga kaunihera, ka mutu, ko te whare pāmu i hangahia i te tau tekau mā iwa RAU mā ono anake i whakahaumarutia. E ai ki a Waimarie, he wāhi tapu i nohia e ō rātou tūpuna mai, mai anō.
“Ngā kuia, kaumātua, matua keke, whāea keke mā kua whāki mai, kāore e kore tētahi wāhi noho ai, i te mea he papakainga āua āhuatanga ka kitea. Ko te take he wāhi tapu, kua puta mai tēnei whawhai hurinoa o Aotearoa, āua momo, kua whakamate ngā tūpuna mai rānō, “ hei tā MacFarland.
“It was the crown that confiscated this land from the people here originally, they have some obligation. There were a number of undertaking made by the old Manukau City Council about public purchase that disappeared with the Super City,” hei tā Veart.
Hei ngā wiki e tū nei rēhita ai a SOUL te huranga para tawhito nei ki te Pouhere Taonga.