No Port in Hicks Bay

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A port development is being proposed in the ancestral waters of the Ahi Kaa o Wharekahika. This we believe will be detrimental to our taonga. Our kapata kai, the health of our river and the destruction of our sacred sites. We are a low income community and our people rely on our kapata kai to feed their whanau and our manuhiri during hui.

A pre feasibility study was agreed to by the hapū-Te whānau a Te Aotaki and paid for by the beneficiaries of Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Porou.  The hapū publicly did not agree to a full feasibility study thereafter and the matter was dropped with our iwi authority in 2018. 

Shane Jones is now proposing a law change which would see Wharekahika/Hicks Bay designated a Special Economic Zone, part of a wider scheme: "The blue highway"

If in the unfortunate event the Government decides to over ride the wishes of the whānau and hapū of Wharekahika/Hicks Bay, our tamariki, mokopuna will grow up with the sound of continuous logging trucks outside their bedroom windows, the right to "undisturbed possession of taonga" as well as the responsibility of kaitiakitanga would have been stripped of them and their children leaving it up to the 4th and 5th generation from today the mess to clean up their waterways. 

Te Whānau a Te Aotaki and the wider community of Wharekahika/Hicks Bay unanimously opposes a port development in our very special and treasured backyard. Please support this petition as we take another step in our protest.