Far North District Council halts SNAs as hīkoi marches on

Map of proposed Significant Natural Areas in Far North.

2021-06-10 12:32:14

Far North District Council has agreed to halt progress on establishing areas of ecological significance, forward of a hīkoi of over 1000 iwi and hapū members who oppose the proposed restrictions on their whenua arriving at its workplaces.

Map of proposed Significant Natural Areas in Far North.

Map of proposed Vital Pure Areas in Far North.
Photograph: Far North District Council

The council (FNDC) has been below big stress to cease the reclassification of 42 % of land (282,696ha) in Te Tai Tokerau as Vital Pure Areas (SNAs) owing to the excessive variety of native vegetation and animals in these areas.

Affiliate Minister for the Surroundings (Biodiversity) James Shaw and Native Authorities Minister Nanaia Mahuta have known as on FNDC to attend till the Nationwide Coverage Assertion (NPS) on Indigenous Biodiversity is carried out.

Far North District mayor John Carter agreed after assembly with Shaw right now.

He stated they might “pause, reset, and seek the advice of” with the Far North neighborhood however wouldn’t make any ultimate selections till after the NPS was finalised, which was anticipated to occur in July.

Requested if he supported the NPS, he stated he wished to “sit down and discuss correctly with their communities”.

“There’s lots of people on the market who assist the precept, we want to verify we implement it appropriately.”

Te Poari o Ngāti Wai chief govt Hūhana Lyndon welcomed the choice, however stated they might proceed to march.

“Our folks need to present the sturdy resistance and opposition to SNA implementation in our area… we welcome the chance to co-design what that might appear like for our area however proper now our folks need to hīkoi, and that is what we’ll do.”

The hīkoi started at daybreak right now at Te Herenga Wairua, with 300 folks marching to Kaitaia.

Lyndon stated 1000 folks had been anticipated to reach at FNDC’s Kaikohe workplace tomorrow about noon.

The Nationwide Coverage assertion on Indigneous Biodiversity continues to be within the works however is because of be finalised in July.

Inexperienced celebration co-leader and uri o Ngāpuhi Marama Davidson – whose hapū are a part of the march – is assuring her folks the coverage assertion will uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

“Safety and conservation plans are people who uphold the mana motuhake of hapū and Te Tiriti over their lands and waters, and so that is what we’re very clear on and have all the time been within the Inexperienced celebration, that it’s upholding [that] mana,” she stated.

Minister for Native Authorities Nanaia Mahuta stated SNAs would assist iwi and hapū, not hinder them.

“As kaitiaki, in the event that they knew that there have been important indigenous species on their whenua, one – that might assist them make selections on their land use, secondly – the land use functionality is one other compounding matter that might assist Māori landowners determine whether or not or not all Māori land is ready to be developed in the identical method,” she stated.

That’s unlikely to persuade members of Ngāi Tahu, particularly on the West Coast, stated Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu kaiwhakahaere Lisa Tumahai.

“They have their very sturdy view that that is one other land seize, we have already come by grievance, 150 years of grievance by way of the lack of land as a folks, that is seen as one other method of locking up land.”

She stated iwi and hapū wanted to be concerned originally and the federal government should redesign the coverage.

“I feel they should cease… they should have acceptable, valued conversations with iwi from a partnership strategy, in good religion, work in co-operation with iwi throughout Aotearoa.”

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