Theft forces Trust to block access to Lake Tutira

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Ko te huarahi ki te taha raki o roto Tūtira kei te aukatia e ngā kai-tiaki me ngā whānau o te whenua, e mōhiotia nei, ko Tutira B7 me B19 Ahu Whenua. He whenua ēnei i whakahokia atu ki ngā kai-tiaki i te otinga o te rīhi, e rima tekau tau te roa, i tērā tau.

Kei te whakahaere tō rātou mana whenua. Kei te whakatūria e rātou he keeti kia kore ai te iwi whānui e kuhu ki tō rātou whenua nei.

Hei tā Josephine Brown ki a Te Kāea, “It's come to this because really of people trespassing on to private property now and removing our property.

Kātahi anō ka whakahokia tō rātou whenua tekau mā ono ira rima heketea me tētahi wāhanga o te roto o Tutira ki a rātou. Engari, ko te āhua nei kāore te katoa i te hari nā te tahaetanga o tō te tarahiti tohuara.

“We've had a steel sign right here and that was taken first and we had one up on the lake and basically we're really browned off that they done that. We've never done any of this in the fifty years that the lease has been here and every man and his dog has travelled on this road,” hei tā te tiama o te runanga a  Henare Ratima.

I aukatia e rātou te huarahi tōtika ki te taha raki o te roto, he rori poto mā ngā kaihīika me ngā kaipamu, engari ināianei, ka mate rātou ki te haere mā runga rori roa rawa.

“We've seen the disappearance of our wetlands, all of our native fish are no longer here. This place is called Te Wai Ū, Tutira Te Wai Ū this is what was used to sustain our people back for ages,” hei tā Ratima.

“You know we've seen public warnings of toxic water so what we're hoping to do is manually drag the lake of the obnoxious Hydrilla weed and reintroduce wetlands to improve water quality over time,” hei tā Brown.

He mahi nunui rawa te whakaora anō i te roto pokea kua whakahokia atu ki a rātou. Engari kei te upoko pakaru rātou kia tutuki te mahi me te whakaora anō hoki i tō rātou whenua tipu.