Hapū says no to cell phone tower on Whakarongorua

Hapū says no to cell phone tower on Whakarongorua


A protest similar to Mauna Kea
is brewing in the Hokianga. Local hapu are upset about plans
to erect a cell phone tower on their sacred mountain
of Whakarongorua. And as Whatitiri Te Wake
reports the hapu are clear: they’re not against progress, they just want to see the tower
on an alternative site. It’s a pillar
in the sacred house of Ngapuhi. But its mana
still hangs in the balance. This was the essence
of the discussions in the meeting house
of Mokonuiarangi. Organisers say there have been
no suitable processes followed, or consideration to Maori customs. Also, organisers have received
over 900 submissions from descendants Uta Te Whanga, disagreeing with the erection
of the cell tower. Itís not only the cell phone tower
thatís the issue, but itís the fact that Pakeha
still own this block of land. It’s very sacred, like all the mountains in the sacred
house of Ngapuhi, they’re sacred. The move is part
of the government’s plan to extend mobile coverage
around the country. In a statement, rural connectivity group say they’re keen to reach a solution
that will meet the need of the hapu, and to provide mobile
and internet connection to the people of the valley. The hapu have appointed
a working group who will meet
with the Rural Connectivity group in the coming days. Whatitiri Te Wake, Te Karere.

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