Mana Whenua Want Protestors to Leave

Feb. 25, 2022, 12:24 p.m.

The anti-mandate convoy based down in Wellington on Parliament grounds have not only displayed their opposition to the mandatory vaccinations but have also displayed a reckless and disrespectful behaviour not usually seen on previous hīkoi or protests. Haami Piripi, chair for Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa talks to us about the stance of Te Kahu o Taonui in support of the Te Upoko o Te Ika iwi against the convoy. Haami reminds us that local iwi Te Atiawa and Ngāti Toa have always welcomed and supported hīkoi as manuhiri. However, due to the recent behaviour of individuals involved in the protest, a kaikōrero from local iwi Te Atiawa had asked for the protest to end and everyone return to their homes.

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