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NGAWHA: Iwi occupy prison site

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A noho (occupation) by Te Whanau o Ngawha of Ngati Rangi, Ngapuhi and supporters, in opposition to construction of a jail on whenua tapu (sacred land) at Ngawha Springs, has prevented the Corrections Department and construction vehicles gaining access to the proposed and expensive prison site since December 7.

A Marae is being established, as well as Kohanga Reo, gardens and a wharekai. This is not only feeding the occupiers but is also forming part of the roadblock.

The occupation follows on from a Taniwha warning ,and May arrests of 37 people for supposedly trespassing the Ngawha site. All charges have been dropped.


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