You may recall that Marutūahu have been offered land in our heartland to settle their treaty grievances with the Crown. This includes:
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei have been contesting the proposed settlement for years and although the Crown tried to block our access to the High Court, our Supreme Court win in 2018 opened that avenue whilst raising significant concerns with the settlements.
Although the Courts are an option we have kept open, we always sought to resolve our concerns by meeting kanohi ki te kanohi with Marutūahu. Earlier in 2020, we met with Marutūahu both in Kaiaua and Ōrākei, in an attempt to settle this take and find a solution outside of the Court. We are very proud of how we as Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei represented ourselves, unified and strong. He tū pakari, he tū rangatira.
Unfortunately, our efforts were not successful and now we proceed to the High Court next month February.
To learn more about the Marutūahu Overlapping Claim and High Court proceedings, we invite you to join a live Zoom Webinar hosted by our best historians.
Thursday 21 February, 7pm
Thursday 28 February, 7pm
To join, please check your phone and/or emails for the zoom link. This webinar is for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei whānau only, or email email@example.com.
We need a strong and unified Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei representation beginning with our hīkoi from Ōrākei Marae to the High Court on Tuesday 9 February. We invite all our whānau where possible, to join us on the hīkoi. Please bring our tamariki and kaumātua. Special arrangements will be made for those unable to walk all the way.
Te ra: Tuesday 9 February
Te wā: Departing Ōrākei Marae, 7am
Te Haerenga: 6 kilometre hīkoi (along Tāmaki Drive, via the Strand, past Waipapa Marae, High Court) kōrero, waiata and haka will be shared at the High Court, followed by kai. Transport will be arranged to bring everyone back to Ōrākei Marae.
TRANSPORT AND ACCOMODATION:
There will be busses from Kaitaia (via Whangārei), Dargaville (via Ruawai, Paparoa, Maungatūroto, Wellsford) and Kaipara to Ōrākei to bring whānau who wish to support our Hīkoi. Ōrākei Mārae will be available for accommodation Monday 8 February, 2021. Please indicate your requirements in the form above.
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