Ngāi Tahu reject different iwi involvement in district plan

Mayors and chairs engaged on a brand new district plan for the West Coast have rejected a suggestion that councils ought to take care of iwi apart from Poutini Ngāi Tahu, over historic websites and wahi tapu.

“Tino rangatiratanga rests with Poutini Ngāi Tahu, from Kahurangi Level proper all the way down to Piopiotahi, Milford Sound,” iwi consultant Paul Madgwick says.

Planners introduced draft insurance policies for Māori use zones and websites of significance to the month-to-month assembly of the Tai o Poutini Plan Committee in Hokitika yesterday.

The significance of these sections of the plan shouldn’t be underestimated, iwi consultant Paul Madgwick mentioned.

“Our district plans are presently bereft of nearly any reference to manawhenua, Poutini Ngāi Tahu – you’d assume we did not exist. This begins to deal with that by weaving manawhenua into the plan, and these are actually necessary beginning factors.”

However one reference met with a agency ‘no’.

The planners’ abstract mentioned Ngāi Tahu had a sizeable piece of labor forward in figuring out their vital websites.

“As well as, significantly in Buller, there are some older and archaic websites of different iwi reminiscent of Ngāti Apa and Ngāti Rarua.”

The place websites of significance to iwi apart from Poutini Ngāi Tahu have been discovered, the council ought to guarantee session with the related iwi to make sure that these have been recognised and guarded, the planners advisable.

Madgwick mentioned a brief historical past lesson was so as.

“Ngāti Rarua got here by way of Tai Poutini on the time of the musket wars. They left sooner than they arrived when Ngāi Tahu retaliated. They don’t have any historical past in our land in anyway.”

To incorporate the iwi within the Tai Poutini plan can be like saying Ngāpuhi had rights in Waikato, due to its raids there.

“Attempt to inform Tainui or Tūwharetoa or Ngāti Whatua that Ngāpuhi have a say of their lands – they’d get booted proper out.”

It was not the primary time interlopers had tried a foothold within the area, in keeping with the Makaawhio chairman.

“These folks have tried this earlier than. They tried a problem through the Ngāi Tahu Treaty settlement they usually misplaced. The Māori Appellate Court docket determination is crystal clear, and I simply wish to put this to relaxation as a result of that is insulting and it (the reference) wants to come back out.”

The case of Ngāti Apa was completely different – however that they had no declare to manawhenua standing both, he mentioned.

A remnant of Ngāti Apa was chased out of Golden Bay by warring iwi, and took refuge in Kawatiri (Westport).

A couple of households have been allowed to settle there underneath the mantle of Poutini Ngāi Tahu and the safety of its chief Tuhuru out of aroha as a result of that they had a whakapapa connection to Ngāi Tahu, Madgwick mentioned.

That had additionally been examined and confirmed in court docket.

“Let me be crystal clear: tino rangatiratanga (mainly authority) rests with Poutini Ngāi Tahu, from Kahurangi Level proper all the way down to Piopiotahi, Milford Sound, from the mountains to the ocean.

“That’s undisputed, it’s completely enshrined and but we’ve got this … with respect, the Buller (council) planning crew that got here up with that is misinformed.”

The reference to different iwi with older and archaic websites on the West Coast was additionally unclear, because the Ngāti Apa households had arrived lengthy after Ngāi Tahu.

“There could also be archaic websites from Waitaha (iwi) and the like, however they’re a part of our historical past (Ngāi Tahu).

“Ngāti Apa may have websites, there may be an urupā close to Westport known as Paroa and they are going to be protected completely, underneath our mantle. However to open this up can be a can of worms, it might turn out to be tribal warfare nearly.”

Council seeks safety of all websites

Buller Mayor Jamie Cleine mentioned his council merely needed all websites of significance to Māori protected, regardless of the iwi.

“I assume I might hope that Ngāti Waewae would remember of what’s vital to Ngāti Apa. It is about safety fairly than who they’re vital to.”

Te Runanga o Ngāti Waewae chairman Francois Tumahai mentioned Poutini Ngāi Tahu would determine any Buller websites along side Ngāti Apa.

“In the event that they’re acceptable we may have them added to the schedule. If not, we can’t.”

Westland Mayor Bruce Smith mentioned the plan committee ought to make it clear that if the draft coverage got here again with the identical references to different iwi, it might not be supported.

“I imagine it is extremely vires … the regulation is the regulation. This has been examined – let’s do away with it. And ensure it would not pop its head up once more.”

West Coast Regional Council chairman Allan Birchfield agreed any reference to consulting different iwi ought to be eliminated.

His council had a longstanding relationship with Poutini Ngāi Tahu and final 12 months signed the nation’s first Mana Whakahono a Rohe iwi participation settlement with the tribe underneath the provisions of the Useful resource Administration Act.

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