The Herald reports:
The Government will not intervene in the Ihumātao stoush as it is not its place to get involved in the saga, according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
This comes as hundreds have turned out across the country to protest a housing development being built at Ihumātao, near the sacred Ōtuataua Stonefields Reserve, in Auckland.
Despite the Government saying it won’t intervene, Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson has vowed to continue pressing Ministers on the issue.
She told Parliament today that what is happening at Ihumātao was a “continuation of colonisation”.
That’s an interesting perspective.
My understand is that the local Iwi is strong full support of the housing development, and in fact have agreed with Fletchers that 25% of the land is returned to mana whenua.
The vast majority of the protesters are not mana whenua. In fact you could arguing they are acting as colonisers as they are trying to force their views onto the mana whenua.