E ohorere ana te Kiingitanga i ngā kōhimuhimu kua puta e mea ana, ko Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki pea ka hoko i te whenua o Ihumātao, ā ka whakamahi i ngā pūtea a ngā kaiutu tāke.
“This has come as a surprise and could potentially put the whenua out of reach of mana whenua who are awaiting its return.
“Council’s involvement is not the “by Maaori for Maaori” solution we had envisaged,” te kōrero a te māngai, a Rahui Papa.
I toro atu a Kiingi Tuheitia ki Ihumātao i te Hereturikōkā, ā nō taua wā kua kotahi te tū a ngā mana whenua. Nā te Kiingitanga hoki tētahi pānui i whakaputa i te Mahuru e tautoko ana i te tono a ngā mana whenua ki Ihumātao me te karanga kia whakahokia te whenua ki a rātou.
I te whare Pāremata, i rere te pātai mēnā rānei he pūtea taurewa ka tukua e te kāwanatanga ki Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki hei hoko i a Ihumātao, ā ko te whakahoki a te Minita Take Pūtea, a Grant Robinson, "We’ve got discussions underway about the future of Ihumātao. We acknowledge that several months ago, we were called on by Kiingitanga, after they had their discussions with mana whenua, to be able to work on it.
“Fletchers also approached us to do that, so we’re playing a facilitative role, it’s just a bit early in the discussions at the moment to be definitive.”
I tau i a Minita Robertson te kōrero mō tāna hui tahi ki te Tāhuhu Rangapū o Fletcher, ki a Ross Taylor i te rā nei. Kaare a Robertson i kōrero mō ngā taipitopito o ētahi whakataunga e whiriwhirihia ana i te mea kaare anō tētahi mea kia whakaaetia.
Tere rawa te whakahē a Simon Bridges o te Rōpū Nāhinara i ngā whiriwhiringa e whakapaetia ana.
“Iwi lawyers will be writing their statements of claim for the court as we speak and protestors will be looking for their next site.
“This is an appalling use of taxpayers’ money and the Government needs to rule it out.
“It’s been four months since the Prime Minister got involved. It’s time to finally put a stop to this. The protestors need to go home and the Government needs to rule out a loan.”
Nā te tira whakawhiti kōrero a Nahinara te whakatau, ko te urupare a Bridges e hāngai ana ki ngā whakapae i tētahi pūrongo kōrero i puta i te ata nei.