Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Blockade on State Highway One

Friday 22 November 2013


Blockade on State Highway One


Members of the Ngati Hau hapu will blockade State Highway One for two hours at Waiotu on Thurs 28 November . The blockade will occur between 10am and Noon.

“We are doing this because the Government is not listening when we say we want the drilling for gold in the Puhipuhi hills stopped. It will lead to mercury poisoning of our waterways,” says Allan Halliday of Ngati Hau.

“We have tried inviting the Prime Minister and his MPs to visit us so we could show them what we mean and to also provide amicable solutions. But they are not interested. The Government is determined to go ahead with gold mining even though we have alternatives which can provide greater economic, social, environmental and cultural benefits not only for our rohe, but also for the greater Northland area. So we are making a stand to show the Government we are serious.”

“For any government to knowingly pollute our waterways is simply not acceptable”.

Te Raa Nehua, also of Ngati Hau, says their people will be standing on land at Waiotu which is owned by Ngati Hau.

“This piece of land is ours under native title, and is not owned by the Crown.”
“It is an historical accident that it has become a part of State Highway One, and we believe we are entitled to stand here.”

Te Raa Nehua says the Ngati Hau people will be joined by other hapu and iwi who will stand alongside members of the Puhipuhi Mining Action Group (PMAG) and the wider Whakapara-Hikurangi community.



The blockade will temporarily inconvenience some motorists who will be directed to detour through a longer route from Hukerunui to the Jordan Valley Road, and vice versa from the south. Emergency vehicles such as ambulance and the fire service will be allowed through during the two hour blockade.

“We are aware this blockade will be a cost to the Government,” says PMAG spokesperson Jenny Kirk. “But the long-term cost to this community and all who depend on the health of the waterways from Puhipuhi to the Kaipara will be even more immense should gold drilling and mining go ahead.”

“The Government is ignoring the future well-being of the dairy farming, the horticulture and the customary fishery, and our community’s basic need for clean water in its quest to put New Zealand’s gold, silver and other minerals in the hands of overseas mining companies.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Gordon Campbell: On Trump’s Open White Nationalism

At one level, this has been the week that the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln – which once led a civil war that ended the slave economy of the South – has now defined itself openly as being the party of white nationalism.

By telling those four elected, American born and/or raised women of colour to “go home”, US President Donald Trump’s racist agenda has come out of the shadows. More>>

 

RNZ: Trades Hall Bombing Case Re-Opened, Evidence Released

The cold case has been reopened and the police have recently revealed more details about the bomb's components - including that it was wrapped in a 1977 edition of The Evening Post. More>>

Safety: Govt Targets Fewer Deaths On The Road

“Most roads deaths and serious injuries are preventable and too many New Zealanders have lost their lives or been seriously injured in crashes that could have been prevented by road safety upgrades,” said Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Rise Delay: Teachers Unions Plan Legal Action Against Novopay

Both of the teachers unions - NZEI and the PPTA - have confirmed they will be taking legal action against Novopay. More>>

ALSO:

Emission Statement: 'Consensus Reached' On Agriculture

Today the Government launched a consultation document, informed by the work of the Interim Climate Change Committee (ICCC), on how to bring agriculture into the emissions trading scheme, a key part of the Government’s plan to tackle climate change and reduce New Zealand’s emissions. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What’s Wrong With Wellington

For many Wellingtonians, it hasn’t been the normal hardships – the workings of central government and the lousy weather – that have recently pushed their tolerance into the red zone. It has been the inability of local government to maintain even the basics. More>>

ALSO:

$1m Compensation Paid: First Gun Ban Event In Christchurch

The Police Minister says the first ever firearms collection event in Christchurch over the weekend was a huge success. But Stuart Nash had concerns about whether the participation reflected the number of weapons in the region. More>>

ALSO:

The Kids: Youth Parliament 2019 Event Kicks Off

120 Youth MPs and 20 Youth Press Gallery members have gathered in Wellington to attend the two-day Youth Parliament event ... More>>

ALSO:

Friends Like These: Foreign Minister To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. today for talks with senior members of the US Administration, and to attend the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Aussie Banks’ Latest Fee Hike Excuse

When the Reserve Bank sought feedback on its plans to require the country’s major banks to raise their capital reserves then you might have expected the banks to whine and complain. And so they have. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels