seek legal counsel over sale of ancestral lands
Whānau and hapū of Te Waiariki are activating legal expertise to consider 'every legal avenue possible' to raise concerns over the sale of their ancestral lands which are currently owned by DOC.
For over two weeks the working group, Te Matakīrea o Pātaua has led the response from affected whānau and hapū of Te Waiariki, holding an occupation on land at Te Mautohe ki Pātaua just outside of Whangārei.
A fifth tribal wānanga hosted by Te Mautohe ki Pātaua was held on the land this week and the group will now sort legal counsel.
Te Matakīrea o Pātaua spokesperson Kelly Klink said there had been grievance with the land as it used to be a river flowing in between Pātaua and Taiharuru but it had been dammed up.
"At some point we need to stop passing this intergenerational trauma of fighting for your land, fighting for the basic rights that our tupuna have passed onto us," said Link.