Protecting Ihumātao

Tiakina i te whenua!

Protecting Ihumātao

TIAKINA TE WHENUA

KAUMĀTUA AND KUIA

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On Tuesday 23 July, kaumātua and kuia representing mana whenua from Te Kawerau ā Maki, Te Ākitai Waiohua, and Tainui asked protestors to leave privately owned land at Ōruarangi Road, known as Ihumātao.

The kaumātua and kuia recited karakia as they walked towards the maunga of Puketāpapa a Hape, alongside other kaumātua representatives from the Kiingitanga movement, Māori wardens, police and representatives of Fletcher Building.

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TE WHENUA

OUR LAND


For centuries mana whenua have kept the home fires burning and watched over Te Ihu o Mataaho, the unique land that is today known as Ihumātao.

In 1863, our whenua was confiscated by the Crown and sold. Despite this, Ihumātao was never available to us as part of a Treaty Settlement because it has been in private ownership since then.

Now, we have negotiated to have 8 hectares of this special whenua returned to our iwi, from the private landowner Fletcher Building who is developing a new community at Ōruarangi. This is a major milestone for Te Kawerau ā Maki, and for the first time in over 150 years, iwi will have our name back on the whenua. We are protecting Ihumātao.

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ŌRUARANGI

THE DEVELOPMENT


Ōruarangi will be home to a new neighbourhood that will provide a range of affordable housing for our whanau and new families. The developer Fletcher Building plans to build 480 homes. Around 40 of these will be affordable housing for our people.

Te Kawerau ā Maki has played a key part in the design of the new development. It will reflect our heritage, including walkways that mirror the movements of our tupuna Hape, and parks that resemble our maunga.

Fletcher Building is not the Crown, and they have no obligation to return land to iwi, but they will. This is a first for Māori and corporate partnerships. Together, we are committed to building a community, that meets the aspirations of our people, and respects the tūpuna whenua, Ihumātao.

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NGĀ KAITIAKI

WE ARE THE GUARDIANS


Te Kawerau ā Maki will protect Ihumātao, as we have as kaitiaki for centuries.

Our role as kaitiaki includes the conservation, replenishment and sustainability of Ihumātao. This is something we are committed to. We have been relentless in our quest to uphold our relationship with the land and the environment, and we believe we are safeguarding the future.

Te Kawerau ā Maki has been able to guarantee that no development will happen on the 100-hectare Ōtuataua Stonefields Reserve. This area is protected forever ensuring the mauri (life force) of the whenua is healthy and strong.

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TE IWI

OUR IWI


Mana whenua are the voice of the land – “Ko au te whenua, ko te whenua ko au!”

Te Kawerau ā Maki and other iwi and hapū who connect to Ihumātao have been fighting tirelessly for years to ensure our voice is heard and our historical grievances addressed. The current dispute over Ihumātao is one of many issues we’ve faced, and we are proud of the commitment and dedication shown by our people through many challenging times.

For Te Kawerau ā Maki, our decisions are always made with a focus on the future for our whānau, our iwi, and our neighbours. Working in partnership with all key stakeholders including our whānau, other iwi, community groups, government and developers like Fletcher Building is paramount to achieving that.

We are working to protect the future of Ihumātao and the interests of mana whenua.

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TŌ MĀTOU IWI…

OUR IWI


We are the voice of the land – “Ko au te whenua, ko te whenua ko au!”

We have been fighting tirelessly for years to ensure our voice is heard and our historical grievances addressed. The current dispute over Ihumātao is one of many issues we’ve faced, and we are proud of the commitment and dedication shown by our people through many challenging times.

Our decisions are always made with a focus on the future for our whānau, our iwi, and our neighbours. Working in partnership with all key stakeholders including our whānau, community groups, government and developers like Fletcher Building is paramount to achieving that.

We are working to protect the future of Ihumātao and the people of Te Kawerau ā Maki.

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Disclaimer: This website has been developed by Te Kawerau ā Maki and includes korero from Auckland iwi advocate Pita Turei. Pita has researched Ihumātao extensively, and is an activist, historian, and story-teller. The authors acknowledge many iwi and hapū have whakapapa to this whenua – this website is only one of their stories.