Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Maori Party congratulates Patricia Grace

Maori Party congratulates Patricia Grace

The Māori Party welcomes the Environment Court decision to support Patricia Grace's bid to protect the last remaining tracts of ancestral whenua from being taken for the development of the Kapiti Expressway. The Environment Court decision follows on from the Māori Land Court's decision and supports the whānau position that the land is culturally and historically important.

"Patricia Grace, her whānau and supporters are shining examples of kaitiakitanga in action," says Co-leader of the Māori Party, Tariana Turia.

"It is well-known that Wi Parata Te Kākākura, Patricia's ancestor, had provided land for the local church, the railroad and the Waikanae township as well as making significant contributions to the development of this country. It has been harrowing to have the Transport Authority attempt to seize her land under the auspices of the Public Works act with little to no consultation. This is an amazing win for the Graces, Te Ati Awa, Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Raukawa and the entire country."

"Aggressive government policies have meant that this whānau has only a fragment of lands left by Wi Parata Te Kākākura. While Governments are redressing the immoral and unlawful taking of Māori lands that occurred last century by the Treaty Settlements process - they still continue to take our whenua today. This wasn't right or just when it occurred last century and it is absolutely unacceptable that it is still occurring today," says Māori Party candidate for Te Tai Hauāuru, Chris Mckenzie.

" We urge other whānau, hapū and iwi around the country to stand up to Government authorities using the Public Works Act and other means to take land that is in Maori title. Let's ensure that the pain and heartache that the Grace family have endured is not repeated."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The National Leadership “Contest”

Key’s endorsement of English has turned this “contest” into a race for second place.

This succession was well planned. Lets not forget that English was told by Key in September of his intention to resign, and English was the only member of Cabinet entrusted with that information before it was sprung on everyone else on Monday morning. More>>

Latest: Judith Collins and Jonathan Coleman have withdrawn from the leadership race, leaving Bill English the only candidate to replace John Key as Prime Minister.

 

Education, Marketing, Taxes: Health Groups Call For Actions For Sugary Drinks

The New Zealand Dental Association is launching a new consensus statement on Sugary Drinks endorsed by key health organisations. The actions seek to reduce harm caused by sugary drinks consumption. More>>

ALSO:

More Departures? David Shearer Proposed For UN Peacekeeping Role

Mt Albert MP David Shearer is being proposed for a demanding and exciting role heading the United Nations peacekeeping force in South Sudan, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Security Agencies' Reports: GCSB Wants To Give ISPs More Power To Block Threats

The Government Communications Security Bureau wants to give internet service providers more information and power to block cyber threats which are increasing, its director told the intelligence and security select committee yesterday.. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Charter Schools Misleading Pass Rates

Labour: NCEA results for charter schools have been massively overstated... In one case a school reported a 93.3 per cent pass rate when the facts show only 6.7 per cent of leavers achieved NCEA level two. More>>

ALSO:

Rebstock Report Resolution: SSC Apologises To Derek Leask And Nigel Fyfe

Following a complaint by Mr Leask, the Ombudsman found that the State Services Commission acted unreasonably in relation to Mr Leask and identified numerous deficiencies in the investigation process and in the publication of the final report and in the criticisms it contained of Mr Leask... More>>

ALSO:

International Rankings: Student Results 'Show More Resourcing Needed'

NZEI: New Zealand had only held relatively steady in international rankings in some areas because the average achievement for several other OECD countries had lowered the OECD average -- not because our student achievement has improved. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Salvation Army Report: Beyond The Prison Gate Report

A new Salvation Army report says changes must be made to how prisoners re-enter society for New Zealanders to feel safe and secure in their homes and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Surprise Exit: Gordon Campbell On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news