Apologies for the delay in posting this. The earthquake has been dominating.
Dear Maori Party,
The unilateral opening up of our ancestral lands and seas to drilling and
mining by this Government is the most significant threat to the survival of
our peoples and our way of life we have experienced in this generation.
Whilst the foreshore and seabed issue, which essentially conceived the Maori
Party, was essentially about conceptual ownership of the coastal marine
space the granting of permits and exclusive prospecting licences is a real
and tangible threat to the livelihood of our people throughout the
For those iwi that want drilling and prospecting kei te pai, that’s their
decision. For those of us who do not, and who are concerned about the
environmental impacts of these activities on our tribal territories who
are concerned about our mokopuna and the crazy risks the Government are
taking with our whenua and moana (and illegal because they unjustifiably
breach the Treaty of Waitangi) we have a long, hard political fight ahead of
We are trying to get information flowing between iwi, trying to lobby
politically, trying to get accurate information into the public domain and
trying to throw everything we can at the government in terms of legal or
civil action. Its a hard fight, but we have an obligation to our mokopuna to
do it these activities are so far removed from our worldview they are
dangerous and they are about exploitation beyond our means (and beyond the
means of future generations).
The big question in light of this the struggle is where are the Maori
Why haven’t we heard from you?
Why are you silent at a time Maoridom needs you most? In the corridors in
Why can’t we hear you advocating for us?
Why can’t we see you in the media?
Where are you?
What do we need to do to be on your radar?
Is being Maori and being a Treaty partner with an issue not enough?
Apart from one media message on 3 June 2010 by Ururoa, and attendance at our
Taumata Korero in Auckland by Hone in August we have heard NOTHING from the
Maori Party; where are you?
Major submissions were due today on the draft Energy Strategy which proposes
more drilling and more mining. We pushed and pushed our populations to make
submissions, and we had to rely on mainstream organisations to help us with
analysis and templates where were you?
Whanau ora is choice; but what about the wellbeing of our mokopuna when
their whenua is too barren to grow kai?, when their moana is so polluted
they can¹t get a koura?, when their ancestral whenua has been raped and
plundered so much their whanau has no oranga what then?
What do you need from us to step up to this issue and make some noise on our
behalf? We can hear the Greens, loud and clear. We can¹t hear you.
Ko te inoi atu kia akoutou, me kaua koutou e noho wahangu i runga i tenei
kaupapa; he whakahirahira rawa atu tenei ki a tatou.
Lawyer, Te Whanau a Apanui