"Local Māori urge government to address long-running dispute over rare cultural heritage landscape" / by Ahilapalapa Rands

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“An escalating crisis at Ihumaatao, near Auckland’s airport, is challenging the commercial development of Māori land that is part of a rare cultural heritage landscape.

Transnational corporation Fletcher Building Limited has the legal consent to build 480 dwellings on 32 hectares of land confiscated from local iwi (Māori tribe) in 1863. Mana whenua (local Māori) were shut out of the consenting processes for the development and left without any viable legal remedy.

Last week supporters of the mana whenua-led, community-supported campaign Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL) presented a near 18,000-strong petition to the New Zealand government, urging it to intervene to protect the land for future generations. SOUL wants the government to either buy the land or mandate a process that can produce an outcome all parties can live with.”

To read the rest of this article please go to: https://theconversation.com/local-maori-urge-government-to-address-long-running-dispute-over-rare-cultural-heritage-landscape-113122

For more information on Ihumatao please visit: https://www.protectihumatao.com/

To sign the petition to help protect Ihhumatao go to: https://our.actionstation.org.nz/petitions/toitu-te-whenua-protectihumaatao?fbclid=IwAR3k-1KnMAnjC_RKuT50viX8ZyJ7nt_DuDBi-gA4mC0QT7QqXVRciZGHXFw