Wellington's tangata whenua

want protesters to leave

Wellington iwi leaders say the protesters occupying Parliament grounds should respect their land mana whenua and leave, noting that the organisers of the Convoy 2022 failed to contact tangata whenua before arriving and taking over streets around Parliament.

“Leaders from Te Ātiawa in Wellington are totally distraught to see their treatment of our whenua,” said Liz Mellish, chairwoman of Te Raukura Wharewaka o Pōneke and a former trustee of Taranaki Whānui.

Te Ātiawa tūpuna Honiana Te Puni established gardens on the site where Parliament now stands.

Te Ātiawa often supported protesters coming to Parliament, as they have done during the demonstrations against the legislation that put the seabed and foreshore into public ownership in 2004, and against the 1981 Springbok Tour.

Link to video and article: Wellington's tangata whenua want protesters to leave | Stuff.co.nz


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