8 Mar 2012

Plan for advisory body for Ngati Hinerangi on hold

7:01 pm on 8 March 2012

A Te Arawa sub-tribe's plan to set up an advisory body - after a sacred site was mistakenly destroyed - is on hold.

A sacred mangeao tree called, Te Pou a Taranui, was cut down in April last year by a contractor on the side of State Highway 33 near Okere Falls.

Ngati Hinerangi, a sub-tribe of Ngati Pikiao, wanted to establish a body so further mistakes don't happen.

Hapu chairperson Piki Thomas says that plans have been put aside for now.

He says it's considering whether it should come under the tribe's body, Ngati Pikiao Environmental Society, or whether it should create its own group.