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CONCERT – ‘Protect Ihumātao’ (Sat. July 27th, 11am til late)

Protect Ihumātao 

“This is one of those poignant & defining moments in history right now & seeing our people rising together is a beautiful thing.
Tautoko & kia kaha whanau! “

Read at the link about the history of this place Ihumātao & why the people are protesting.

#ihumātao — in Aotearoa.

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Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust Board is ignoring the wider hapu – Iwi locals make a clear stand against property investment

SHARE SHARE SHARE SHARE ( LET IT BE KNOWN)

Video 1: Where it all began 

Video 2: COMING SOON, mass messages of support from near and afar, if you would like to be apart of that chain of support send a 5 second clip with your message of support on piece of paper or verbally. 

NGATI WHATUA ORAKEI TRUSTEE LIMITED STOP IGNORING US…..

OUR VOICES AND OUR OPINIONS MATTER…..

WHY ARE WE SILENCED? WHY ARE WE STRESSED? WHY DON’T WE MATTER? WHAT HAPPENED TO WHANAU? WHAT ABOUT THE PAST? WHATS HAPPENING TO THE PRESENT? WHAT ABOUT OUR FUTURE? WHY DO YOUS DO THIS TO US? 

DO WHAT IS RIGHT BY OUR PEOPLE FOR OUR PEOPLE? 

WE NEED HOMES NOT HOMELE$$….

LAND NOT LANDLESS…..

MANA NOT MONEY….

OUR LAND OUR FUTURE….

WE ARE NOT FOR $ALE….

WHY DO WE HAVE TO ALWAYS FIGHT TO PROTECT WHATS OURS, WHY DO WE ALWAYS HAVE TO FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTS WHEN THE RIGHT IS OURS, WHY DO WE HAVE TO FIGHT FOR OUR IDENTITY, WHY DO WE HAVE TO FIGHT FOR OUR SANITY, WHY DO WE HAVE TO ALWAYS PUT UP THE FIGHT WHEN THE RIGHTS ARE OURS. 

THE CORRUPTION NEVER ENDS, NO MORE SUGAR COATING LET IT BE KNOWN. 

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

 


NOTE FROM EWR: the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust is saying the properties in question are ‘surplus to needs’ yet there are over a hundred whānau on a waiting list for housing. These homes have been boarded up & vacant for up to two years. (A familiar story throughout NZ … while the so called ‘authorities’ twiddle their thumbs & purse their lips wondering why we have 43K homeless in our land, and pretend to try and fix it? Remember the Tamaki exposé by Penny Bright? Nearly 3K homes land banked by the Nats for greedy property developers. That now dirty word. I’ve heard the same scenario in the Wellington region, people evicted & their homes boarded up, still now homeless, see below)

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Land banked homes in the Wellington district … some folk evicted from state homes, boarded up for years whilst the previous occupants remain homeless

Bastion Point and the protest from the ’70s is mentioned in the video. Here is that story FYI … watch at nzonscreen
‘BASTION POINT – THE UNTOLD STORY’:
In 1977 protesters occupied Bastion Point, after the announcement of a housing development on land once belonging to Ngāti Whātua. 506 days later police and army arrived en masse to remove them. This documentary examines the rich and tragic history of Bastion Point/ Takaparawhau — including how questionable methods were used to gradually take the land from Māori, while basic amenities were withheld from those remaining. The documentary features extensive interviews with protest leader Joe Hawke, and footage from seminal documentary Bastion Point Day 507.   

Watch here:    https://www.nzonscreen.com/title/bastion-point-the-untold-story-1999


 

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei marks the 40th anniversary of the Bastion Point eviction

And the land grabs continue….if you’re not up to speed with the shameful Bastion Point story here is a NZ OnScreen documentary … information you won’t have learned at school:

Bastion Point – The Untold Story


Further you can read more at the waitangitribunal website:

The loss of the Orakei block


Also, from ngatiwhatuaorakei’s website (go there for pertinent commemoration info):

BASTION POINT OCCUPATION TO BE COMMEMORATED ON THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY

Forty years ago, after 506 days of occupation, protesters faced off with members of the police, armed forces and the government over plans to build luxury housing on Ngāti Whātua ancestral land at Takaparawhau/Bastion Point, resulting in 222 arrests.
 
On Friday 25 May, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei will mark the 40th anniversary of what has been called a defining moment in New Zealand history.
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And from Scoop:

“Forty years ago, after 506 days of occupation, protesters faced off with members of the police, armed forces and the government over plans to build luxury housing on Ngāti Whātua ancestral land at Takaparawhau/Bastion Point, resulting in 222 arrests.”

On Friday 25 May, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei will mark the 40th anniversary of what has been called a defining moment in New Zealand history.

This year, the commemoration honours those who took part in the occupation; providing an opportunity to further reflect on the efforts of those who strove for Treaty settlement and a better future for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.

The stand at Bastion Point is a prevailing benchmark for protest in Aotearoa, which led to the first successful retrospective claim hearing at the Waitangi Tribunal. It is a move that Joe Hawke, leader of the 1977 protest, has never regretted.

“I went onto the Point, not to invite an arrest, but to arrest a wrong, and 40 years on, all of Ngāti Whātua are benefiting from that stand”, he said.

Joe will be part of the events planned for Friday 25 May that commemorate that struggle, foster reconciliation and re-affirm Ngāti Whātua’s footprint on the land in Auckland.

 

READ MORE:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1805/S00099/bastion-point-occupation-to-be-commemorated.htm

Battle of the bees between manuka honey giant Comvita and Northland beekeepers

This makes me feel less inclined to be purchasing from this corporation. Corporations tend not to be ethically/people friendly given their absolute bottom line is PROFITS (watch ‘The Corporation’ a movie you can find on our Corporations pages) … in fact their legal obligation is first and foremost to their shareholders, not you or any warm, fuzzy values like supporting your kids’ employment or sharing resources. Corporations can be outright evil entities in terms of the lengths they will go to to be top dog, and if you mess with them they have bottomless bank accounts (due to their emphasis on profits) to drag you through lengthy court processes as you gradually use up all your surplus dollars and eventually go bust. The Crown is very good at this too. They used it historically to acquire vast tracts of indigenous lands, all well documented. They’re still at it. So… consider carefully which corporations you support (your NZ government is a corporation) when exercising your purchasing power.
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Photo credit: Pixabay

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From Stuff.co.nz

Manuka honey exporter Comvita is being accused of chopping down forest on disputed Maori land, snubbing protocol, and driving small-scale beekeepers out of business.

Publicly listed Comvita reaped $18.5 million from its 30,000 hives last year; a sum some locals of a tiny Kaipara town 150kms northwest of Auckland say they do not want their manuka contributing to.

They want its profit to stay in the community, but say corporate beekeepers have entered Tinopai through a minority of shareholders in one Maori land block.

Opposers of the 49 new hives have initiated “trench warfare” – digging ditches and felling trees across the bush track Comvita uses to access its remote Tinopai hives.

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But Comvita chief executive Scott Coulter defended its role in the local economy. “We have a majority of New Zealand-based shareholders and pay local landowners well for the use of their land,” he said.

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http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/89293514/battle-of-the-bees-between-manuka-honey-giant-comvita-and-northland-beekeepers

Prosecuted for Trespassing on his Own Land! “Disturbingly Medieval” Says Maori Owner in Lake Horowhenua Prosecution

Lake Horowhenua Trespass Prosecution “Disturbingly Medieval” Says Maori Owner

In New Zealand, this week’s Court of Appeal decision quashing the acquittal of an owner charged with trespassing on his own land is disturbingly medieval, according to the owner who will now be retried for the same offence thrown out by a district court judge last May.

Phil Taueki says he is not joking when he cites Magna Carta harking back to ancient times when the Crown could seize control of ancestral lands and imprison owners who refused to leave. Magna Carta became NZ law in 1989.

He says the original police prosecutor admitted there was no case to answer but he was under political pressure to proceed with this prosecution.

When this charge was dismissed, that should have been the end of it, he says.

But Crown Law appealed his acquittal even though there was no compelling new evidence or suggestion of a tainted acquittal.

It is disconcerting that Crown Law has hijacked this criminal case to evict owners from their own property, he says.

“There is even a statue of the man who stole our land in the grounds of Parliament”, Mr Taueki says.

“Anybody else who claimed there was an agreement would be laughed out of court if they could not produce a copy of that agreement,” he says. “But not Crown Law”.

Nevertheless in the High Court, Justice Ellis accepted there was an agreement and therefore the public had more rights than the owners on their own land.

Lake Horowhenua and the surrounding ancestral land has belonged to Mr Taueki and other members of his iwi since a certificate of title was issued in 1899.

Despite private ownership, within a few years Parliament had passed a law letting the public use the lake free of charge and placing it under the control of a Domain Board appointed by the Minister of Conservation.

In 1906, MP Tame Parata had called for the repeal of legislation passed without the approval of the owners.

Prior to Mr Taueki’s arrest, this Board banned all owners from entering their own buildings so that members of the local rowing club could occupy buildings the Board neither owns nor leases.

The Minister for Maori Development conceded two years ago that these arrangements would not be put in place today.

However Parliament has shown no inclination to repeal legislation that Mr Taueki describes as ‘theft by statute’.

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For information on the history of Lake Horowhenua open or download the following pdf file:

Lake Horowhenua

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