The Auckland Council, Fletchers and the servant settler government continue to mount up their violations against the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous People, to the point where a simple cultural right as karakia on a maunga, (Prayer on a mountain), is denied after being previously agreed on. Within an hour before commencement of the hikoi up the maunga, the agreement of passage had been revoked and instead been replaced with an increased police presence to cope with the outrage. Kaitiaki continue to battle the cold conditions to occupy Ihumātao, to stop Fletcher Residential from building 480 houses in place of this historic site. The business has a market capitalisation of $4.3b and is clearly all for profit at the expense of our history. The kaitiaki at Ihumātao have been labelled by some as outsiders despite many having whakapapa connections to the land, clearly a tactic to undermine them and their efforts. We continue to wait for proper input from the servant settler government and want to remind them, that justification can and should be, reclaimed under Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Given the land ended up in Fletchers hands, not from a Treaty settlement, but via a farm purchase from private owners, whose own claims to ownership originated in the unjust land confiscations of the 19th century. So far, the input we have seen is that of the negative, a police presence, a few statements here and there, but nothing kinetic. How much longer must we wait for the servant settler government to finish painting an abstract governmental point of view before seeing real results in favour of kaitiaki and that of tikanga? After all, as mentioned, the servant settler government was the agent of the original chain of events that eventually delivered this land into Fletchers’ hands. Ihumātao itself is a beautiful place, and quite unique in a city that has a tendency to bulldoze its history. Destruction of Ancestral Waahi Tapu and its contents for Air Port extensions, the grinding down of some of Auckland's volcanic cones to make roads, all proof that disregard for history is a culture that goes back a long way in Auckland. Leadership starts from a recognition of the basic historical injustices and that is why we as Maori stand in protection over Ihumātao, highlighting the history and reminding the world on how things should really be.
“Titiro whakamuri, Kokiri whakamua, Look back and reflect so you can move forward”. PROTECT IHUMĀTAO!!
Fletcher Building , in collaboration with members of Ngati Whatua and in particular Maunga Whakahi executives, Naida Glavich and Margaret Kawharu and New Zealand Heritage Trust, are preparing a 480-high density housing development in Ihumatao on confiscated land adjacent to the Otuatua Stonefields History Reserve (our Stonehenge). With insufficient infrastructure and amenities, the high-priced houses will not serve the homeless or needy. SOUL (Save Our Unique Landscape) is a mana-whenua led, community- driven campaign group working to protect what little land is left in Ihumatao.As kaitiaki (guardians) we have a responsibility to ensure the protection of Wahi Tapu (sacred burial grounds and historical sites), the Otuatua Stonefields Historic Reserve, lava caves that we used to bury our ancestors, our river, harbour and wider Ihumatao area. After everything Ihumatao has already suffered, it is still “UNDER DIRE THREAT”.
Instead, this modern day colonization threatens the existing Papakainga (tribal dwelling areas) threatens the Wahi Tapu sites that are part of the continuous landscape of Otuatua, threatens unique plant, lizard and bird life species, threatens the health of the local waterways and threatens the opportunity for the space to be protected and celebrated by all, for generations to come. This is an impassioned plea for all of our remaining lands, historical sites, and also the return of other confiscated lands. This land belongs to Ihumatao and we are requesting all international assistance so this, ongoing theft and confiscation must stop, NOW.
Letters to Fletchers and more can be found here https://www.internationalmaoriculturalcentre.org/links.php
Find out more https://www.protectihumatao.com/
Yesterday, Dhamma Nanda Sraman was arrested in Dargaville and taken to Whangarei police station. Today Wednesday 20th of February 2019, he is being moved to Auckland for immediate deportation, possibly on Thursday or Friday this week. Dhamma was whangae (adopted) in November by Nga Uri o Putete Hapu, in the Far North. This adoption took place after careful consideration of his case and discussions with his family members and the Buddhist community in Bangladesh. This issue has now become a Maori issue and we vehemently object to his arrest and deportation plans by the labour minister Kris Faafoi to deport him. Maori are seeking religious and political asylum because his people are under severe religious sanctions in his country of birth. Dhamma is a Buddhist, his family home and his father’s business was torched and burnt to the ground. His daughters and wife cannot go to school because of the sanctions put on his family at home. His daughters say that they would rather talk to their father on the phone in Aotearoa knowing he is safe as apposed to talking to him in a coffin and seeing him dead in his country of birth. Dhamma has been living in Dargaville, New Zealand for four years. He has a registered business and has been paying taxes to the government and therefore as a taxpayer he is essentially a New Zealand citizen. This government is cruel and heartless and have not considered the plight adequately of Dhamma Sraman. The government has conveniently deleted our email attachments to the various ministers in the last few days prior to his arrest. So, stand up everyone and cry “FREEDOM FOR DHAMMA”!!
Corruption at the highest level of the police, the courts, the prison system and the appeal court process. A young Maori man was asleep in his house after a night of hunting for wild pork. The police bungled a surveillance operation then ordered the armed offender squad to go in with a F61 shoot to kill order which culminated Rhys Warren serving a life sentence with preventative detention. The Incident happened on Maori land, in a papakainga. Police had no right or authority to invade Maori land let alone call the armed offenders and the military. It was a bungled operation that was covered up at the highest level by police. It was sanctioned by the court system and the judge and now the appeal court system is endeavouring to concoct story that he is insane. Read More on the links page. https://www.internationalmaoriculturalcentre.org/links.php
On Tuesday the 15th of May a delegation of Maori from Tauranga Moana, which is on the central east coast of Aotearoa, completed a march to the Parliament buildings in Wellington. Their mission was to stop the fraud by the New Zealand settler servant government to steal their land and have it put into another tribal authority in Hauraki, which is further north of Tauranga. The Chiefs were very angry with the settler servant governments move to steal their land. The Wakaminenga O Nga Rangatira O Nga Hapu stand firmly behind Rangatira (Chief) Bob Rolleston, and Rangatira (Chief) Hauata Palmer. Not one more acre of land will be stolen and all land historically that has been stolen, must be returned. It is not negotiable and the land is not for sale or barter. All land under the department of conservation must be returned, all land under agriculture must be returned. All land under land corp must be returned. All land under lands and survey must be returned. All land under the councils must be returned. And all land stolen under public works must be returned. All Land stolen in the North Island and South Island of Aotearoa must be returned.