NGĀ TAKE WHENUA
Sunday 26 August 2012
Paiaka Te Tamaki, hapū spokesperson Ngāti Te Ngākau: "Useless completely useless at the end of the day you know just an eye sore really and just a dream of the past ... my message is we want the whenua that we believe belong to us to our tupuna."
John Newton, iwi spokesperson Ngāti Tura: “We've always known we owned it because we knew we never gave it away.”
Takerei Te Tamaki, chair Ngāti Tura Ngāti Te Ngākau Trust: “There's a light at the end of the tunnel that will get bigger and bigger as we go through the matters that we need to look into.”
Sunday 19 August 2012
Gary Potanga, Waitōtara kaumatua: "Te Ture Whenua Māori, the resource consents , era mea katoa. These are the things that are oppressing us and keep us from utilising our papa tupu block, to the best advantage for our mokopuna."
Matanuku Mahuika, chair Government’s Review Panel: "There's a combination of really big issues that have been identified, one is fragmentation of ownership and it’s continuing to happen with each generation. I think it is the fact that the large majority of landowners don't live in the area where the land is located."
Sunday 05 August 2012
Anahera Pomare, committee member Matauri X : “We were shocked with what was really going on in our Incorporation - basically we left a group of people to take care of us, that I know now to not have been a good thing.”
Kevin Gillespie, interim administrator Matauri X: “The debt was around three and a half million probably a bit more than three and a half million and it was growing everyday because there was interest being capitalised on the Bridgecorp loan.”
Pene Broughton, committee member Matauri X: “I would like to think that we are going to give away nothing and retain 100 per cent but the way it’s going I can’t see it.”
Sunday 08 July 2012
Wikitoria Keenan, Ngāti Te Whiti: “There is a long history with the Methodist church here way back in 1840 the chiefs if you like sold in inverted comma’s some land to the Methodists.”
Reverend Alan Upson, Methodist Church: “I’m not too sure of the legalities of it I’m told it was quite legal but those were early days in the colony.”
Sunday 03 June 2012
Chris Finlayson, Associate Minister Māori Affairs: “Imagine if we could make that as the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries report said that 40 per cent of Māori land which is under performing, if we could make that perform according to its potential , I think that would be a tremendous economic booast for whānau and for iwi.”
Sunday 17 June 2012
Pita Sharples, Minister of Māori Affairs: “I believe they are going to sell or give back two of the farms to Māori for a start and respect the wāhi tapu in the others, you know nobody had even asked them.”
Fred Gie Yu, spokesperson Shanghai Pengxin: “We use parts of the land for sheep farming as I told you on the bus and the sheep farming in total covers 13 hectares.”