Northland hapū to march from Reinga to Waitangi over oil concerns

By Numia Ponika-Rangi

The Govt has continued to ignore the concerns of Northland hapū by granting oil exploration licenses to overseas drilling companies.

So a march has been instigated to take a stand against Govt's approval.

Reuben Taipari explains that the march is about the future of our children and our grandchildren.

Norwegian company Statoil has been granted an exploration licence for the area of Te Reinga Basin-Northland despite opposition from local iwi, so the people are taking their concerns all the way to Waitangi.

Hone Harawira said, “One very important principle of the Treaty of Waitangi is guardianship to the seas and to the land.

It's only right to uphold that principle in this march from Cape Reinga to Waitangi.”

No doubt, Ngāti Kura, Ngāti Kawa and Ngāti Rehia will be joined along the way by many more supporters as they endeavour to get to the Waitangi Day celebrations to present their concerns to the Crown.