Hundreds gathered at Waiuku's Tahuna Marae, south of Auckland, for the burial service of environmental champion Dame Nganeko Minhinnick. The trail blazer in environmental legislation reform was laid to rest in her ancestral marae cemetery, beside the waters she advocated for, the Manukau Harbour.
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Dame Nganeko Minhinnick, who led environmental stewardship and kaitiakitanga in the Auckland and Waikato region, has finally returned to Tahuna Marae to be mourned by her people of Ngāti Te Ata and Waikato.
Anti-oil, anti-seismic testing campaign group Te Ikaroa are at the United Nations Ocean Conference raising awareness around the issue of seismic testing along the eastern seaboard. The focus of the conference is to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14.
Seismic testing, oil drilling and indigenous rights are at the forefront of the agenda for Māori as they head to New York today for the United Nations Ocean Conference.