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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Takutai Moana Bill: Hikoi

The hikoi is on.

We will arrive at Parliament on Tuesday the 22nd of March 2011 in time to oppose the final reading of the Coastal Marine bill that if passed will remove our rights forever as tangata whenua.

However we have a strong message and staunch support. The message is to the government who make decisions on our behalf that for right or for wrong, they must listen to the people of this country. They must uphold the democratic rights that are the cornerstone of the legal system of this country.

The Hikoi is still about the takutaimoana, even though there are so many important issues happening in Aotearoa and indeed the entire Pacific Rim, but they all eventually relate to the takutaimoana and the way that it is being managed.

The Hikoi is not for Maori exclusively, but for all whanau that oppose injustice and support fairness and rights for tangata whenua.

Throughout the next 8 days, whanau and supporters from throughout the country are invited to join the march, in their town and ctiy that the Hikoi will pass through.

There will be no toleration for drugs, alcohol or ulterior motives in this Hikoi.

We ask that all people joining us maintain the dignity of our tupuna by being on their best behaviour and looking after one another, as safety of our elders and our families is paramount.

Programme is:

Monday 14th March - Te Rerenga wairua to Kawakawa

Tuesday 15th March - Kawakawa to Auckland

Wednesday 16th March - Hikoi through Auckland

Thursday 17th March - Auckland to Tauranga

Friday 18th March - Te Puke - Rotorua

Saturday 19th March - Taupo to Hastings

Sunday 20th March - Palmerston North to Otaki

Monday 21st March - Otaki to Wellington

Tuesday 22nd March - Parliament House, Wellington


Rueben Taipari

media contact for Hikoi 027 200 1840

ahiparaonline at gmail.com

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There will be immense pressure on the Maori Party MPs come Tuesday, especially Rahui Katene who still has her original FSA2004 repeal bill down at the end of the parliamentary docket.The Maori Party are not demonstrating they have won any concessions from National in this fix. The arguments of Hone, the Greens - and even Labour - will be far more pursuasive than whatever limp excuses the Maori Party MPs will throw up for having passed what will be called a raupatu in our time. This event alone could make Hone and break the Maori Party.

I saw an item on Maori TV last night on a poll in Waiariki that has the electorate split almost evenly on the issue of Hone, followed by concern about Hone's treatment from a rangatahi group in Rotorua. Hone was on the Native Affairs show with Julian Wilcox the other night specifically naming towns in Waiariki who had expressed interest in hearing from him. This is Te Ururoa's turf and he is facing an internal electorate implosion. He will be under pressure to deliver something out of this mess or he will be as gone as Pita and Rahui.


At 16/3/11 5:16 pm, Blogger takutaimoana said...

Support the “Takutaimoana Hikoi 2011” – Oppose the Marine and Coastal Bill


At 26/3/11 4:34 am, Blogger takutaimoana4sure said...

We object to the Political Party named "The Maori Party" within the New Zealand Government, voting in support of the legislation named "The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutaimoana) Bill.

This legislation violates and breaches Maori Rights embedded in the treaty named "Te Tiriti O Waitangi" and the Declaration named "He Whakaputanga o nga Rangatira o Niu Tireni".

We also object to the Maori Party,s continuation of support to this legislation.

Therefore,we would like to state Maori Party's vote of support for the Marine and Coastal Area Bill DOES NOT represent our support or tautoko.

We request that the Political Party named the Maori Party cease immediately their continuation of support of the "Marine and Coastal Area(Takutaimoana) Bill, as it continues to violate and breach "Te Tiriti O Waitangi".

For the asaid reasons given above

We request that Assent is NOT GIVEN to the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutaimoana) Bill by the Governor General of New Zealand.



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