Ka Mua - WAI 262

Oct. 12, 2022, 12:29 p.m.

The WAI 262 kaupapa began when a group of Māori rights activists challenged the Crown about the policies and laws that were taking away Māori control over taonga.

It was October 1991 and Saana Murray-Waitai (Ngāti Kurī), Dell Wihongi (Te Rarawa), John Hippolite (Ngāti Koata), Tama Poata (Te-Whānau-o-Ruataupare, Ngāti Porou) Witi McMath (Ngāti Wai) with the assistance of lawyer Moana Jackson (Ngāti Kahungunu) lodged the Native Flora and Fauna Claim with the Waitangi Tribunal. Piripi says most if not all of those people have passed on but the vision remains the same.

The objective now is to ensure that kaitiakitanga is maintained and upheld going forward. The best resource for our flora and fauna is the tangata whenua.


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