Anti-mining groups gather in support of Ngāti Hau

By Dean Nathan 5:31pm Te Kāea, Māori Television, Sunday 11 September 2016

Security for the Evolution Mining Company mining at Puhipuhi was breached today as anti-mining groups, hapū and the public from across the region gathered in support of local hapū Ngāti Hau’s anti-mining stance.

A march took place at Puhipuhi this afternoon with protestors determined to make it to the Evolution Mining company drill site.

Hami Tohu, Te Orewai / Ngapuhi says, “All the placards will tell you that Northlanders don’t agree with the drilling here. They [the mining company] are searching for minerals and there’s no benefit here for the community.”

Jef Murupaenga – Ikin, Kanataa / Norway says, “We need to stand as one, steadfast to fight companies looking to drill because it’s wrong.”

Te Uri o Hau is concerned that ten years of effort and resources on the Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group could be for nothing.

Deborah Harding, Te Uri o Hau says, “Is our investment going to be hindered by the impact of the mining action that would occur up here? By the sounds of it this morning, most definitely it will.”

Ben Smith, Farmer / Scientist says, “The plan to take action is gonna come in as well as we’ve gotta gain that employment and that science back into the community, so that we can employ these young people in an industry that’s sustainable.”

One idea at today’s talks suggests to continue this regular action would possibly put off investors keen to finance mining projects here.

Murupaenga-Ikin says, “She is our mother symbol. The land and water is priority. Water is the life source.”

“It doesn’t just affect Māori but all our families and friends of all ethnicities. If the water is poisoned and we have no water, then we all die,” says Tohu.

Time will tell whether today’s action will have other consequences.

Ki Puhipuhi i Te Taitokerau kua parea nga arai a te kamupene kowiri o Evolution ki te taha. He kaupapa hoki i oti i runga i te karanga a nga uri o Ngati Hau ki te rohe whanui kia tautoko mai i to ratou whakahee i nga mahi kowiri ia Papatuanuku.

Koinei ngā āhuatanga i hua ake ki Puhipuhi i te hikoi māro kia tae ā-tinana atu ki te wāhi kōwiri a te kamupene o Evolution Mining.

Hei tā Hami Tohu, Te Orewai / Ngapuhi, “Nā, e kite ana tātou i ngā pānui e whakaatu haere ana horekau a Taitokerau e whakaāe ana ki tēnei mahi, te kōwiri haere i te whenua, te rapu haere i ngā rawa hei painga mō wai rānei.”

Ko tā Jef Murupaenga – Ikin , Kanataa / Norway, “Ka tūtahi ai tātou whakapiri ai, kōrero ai, tūkaha ai ki te whawhai atu ki a rātou ngā kamupene ko rātou e hiahia ana ki te kōwiri, engari ki a mātou kei te hē tēnā.”

I reira a Te Uri o Hau i runga i te āwangawanga kei moumou ngā tekau tau e whakapau ana i te kaha me ngā rawa mō te oranga o Te Kaipara.

Hei tā Deborah Harding, Te Uri o Hau, “Is our investment going to be hindered by the impact of the mining action that would occur up here? By the sounds of it this morning, most definitely it will.”

Ko tā Ben Smith, Kaipāmu / Kaipūtaio, “The plan to take action is gonna come in as well as we’ve gotta gain that employment and that science back into the community, so that we can employ these young people in an industry that’s sustainable.”

Ko tētahi o ngā whakaaro o tēnei whakaminenga tēnā pea mā te whakatutū puehu e ārai atu ai te iwi whakangao pūtea ki ngā mahi kōwiri i a Papatuanuku.

Ko tā Murupaenga-Ikin, “Ko tērā tō tātou māmā nērā? Ko te whenua te mea tuatahi ko te wai te mea tuatahi ko te wai te oranga nē rā.”

“Ehara ko tātou anahe te iwi Māori engari me ō tātou whānau ngā tauiwi nei e noho haere nei i ō tātou taha, nā ka kino ngā wai, koia tērā ko te mea e meingatia nei ina kore he wai ko mate tātou,” tā Tohu.

Taihoa ake nei e kite ra tatou he aha te utu o tenei mahi.