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Save Ngawha! Why we refuse the desecration of Ngawha

The Ngawha waters are taonga tuku iho. Treasured for their healing qualities for generations.

These waters have been shared by local people, with all of Tai Tokerau, with colonisers and with people of the world.

This taonga is waahi tapu (sacred).

Our tupuna fought and died on this whenua.

We Kaitiaki must protect this taonga.

How can the taonga Te Ngawha Hot Springs be protected if the prison site is directly above the vent providing the precious source waters, intercepting them before they reach the pools? The pitiful attempt to stabilise the site by using 30,000 wick drains will affect the pools.

Demanding Te Ngawha for a Prison tramples on the mana of Ngapuhi-Nui-Tonu/Taukauere.

Our tupuna have set the kaupapa, the purpose for this whenua. Now the Department of Corrections ignores that wisdom and insists on putting a prison on our taonga.

They are desecrating our taonga, whenua, and tell us it is for our well-being. Bringing our loved ones closer to home does not justify a prison on Te Ngawha.

With 83 alternative sites we can see no reason for the use of this costly site. The government is not allowing Maori to be assets in their homeland. Surely it makes economic and social sense for the whole country to have Maori self-reliant rather than forever indebted to the welfare system.

This whenua must not be disturbed. The Department of Corrections insists on interfering with Te Ngawha to a massive degree. This attacks the mauri (life-giving force) of both whenua and water.

To build on the epicentre of any geothermal field, let alone the only geothermal field in Tai Tokerau, has nothing to do with common sense and all to do with economic oppression.

Natural gas omissions on site and beyond are lethal. Farmers throughout the district fence off such places to keep stock away. Carbon dioxide cannot be seen or smelt. It is heavier than air and will settle in the hollows of the land, so why build here at the bottom of the catchment basin.

Why choose a dangerous site enormously more expensive than any other?

We demand justice from the Minister of Justice.

We have experienced the injustice of the legal system - the tremendous cost of that process; of time, energy, health and money.

It was devastating to have the Environmental Court rule that the Court was secular (things not spiritual) and that Maori spiritual and cultural beliefs were irrelevant.

The cultural evidence of Dr Pat Hohepa of Ngapuhi was deemed inadmissible, yet evidence of Wira Gardiner of Te Arawa (paid by the Department of Corrections) regarding Ngapuhi tikanga was admissible.

The evidence of Albert Clarke with the mandate of 1180 Ngati Rangi was inadmissible, yet the evidence of the few Ngati Rangi paid by the Department of Corrections was admissible.

Is such blatant injustice possible because the Minister of Corrections is also a Minister of Justice!

We are Tangata Whenua

We are Kaitiaki

We will protect this taonga!

dot Can you help?

Koha Donations - All Welcome

For campaign costs: you can either make a donation directly to the campaign account Kiwi Bank Dove Account No. 38.9000.0220397.00 or post a cheque made payable to The Dove Account, to PO Box 601, Kaikohe (include a note with your name and address if you would like a receipt)

For legal costs: you can either make a donation directly to the legal costs account ANZ Bank 'R. Te Ripi and R. WiHongi' Account No. 01.0382.0046919.00 or post a cheque made payable to R. Te Ripi and R. WiHongi, to PO Box 601, Kaikohe (include a note with your name and address if you would like a receipt).

dot Contacts:

Riana WiHongi and Toi Maihi: tel (09) 405 2121, fax (09) 405 3131, mobile 021 673 881
Mama Mangu: tel (09) 401 9995, mobile 025 801 033 or 029 120 4049
Radio Tautoko: tel (09) 4018991
Or write to PO Box 601, Kaikohe.

No prison for Ngawha


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