This week has once again tested the relationship between Iwi and the Crown with their stance on tangihanga and their lack of trust in marae and hapū in managing the safety of our whānau. I have not been impressed with the silence of our Māori leadership in parliament and the many Māori Government agency leads, charged with advocating on behalf of our people. We are watching and listening intently.
We have also seen the latest Budget of $900 million which although on the surface may seem positive is still a significant under-investment in enabling full whānau, hapū, and Iwi potential to flourish.
In our own Tribal lands, we also have the significant issue of the Dome Valley Landfill scheme, which we vehemently oppose.
Our Iwi oppose this scheme for three reasons, the environmental impact, the lack of considered consultation with us as a Treaty partner and we believe there are other alternatives using emergent technologies that can create more local jobs to support local families to benefit the entire community.
Iwi collaboration has continued to grow throughout the COVID 19 Crisis and it has been magnificent to see the excellent work on the front lines by our Runanaga and Te Hauora teams distributing kai, awhi, and support to whānau.
Kia kaha tātou, haere tonu.