Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei has come out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.
The hapū is mana whenua to the central Auckland isthmus and says they will not be taking part in welcoming ceremonies, or pōwhiri, for TPPA officials when they arrive in the city.
“There has been a lot of anger and mistrust voiced about the TPPA by our whānau and we agree with them,” says Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust Chairman, Piripi Davis.
“The TPPA undermines the national sovereignty of New Zealand, and is likely to give increased rights to multi-national corporations.
“We cannot allow our whenua and moana to be endangered through this deal.”