17 Oct 2019

Ihumātao occupiers shut out of talks, no word from govt

From Checkpoint, 5:50 pm on 17 October 2019

Occupiers of the disputed land at Ihumātao have been shut out of talks with the government about finding a resolution, saying they haven't had any direct contact with ministers in over a month.

The Māori King announced last month that mana whenua had reached a consensus that they want the land returned, and urged the government to negotiate with the land's owner, Fletcher Building.

But 86 days after the occupation at the South Auckland site gained national attention, mana whenua say they've been left in the dark, and are no closer to finding a resolution.

Te Aniwa Hurihanganui reports.