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TINO RANGATIRATANGA: Marae claims sovereignty


Bruce Stewart

Founder of the Tapu Te Ranga Marae, Bruce Stewart, has collated and prepared a detailed case outlining his own tino rangatiratanga on his marae at Island Bay, Wellington. He says as a result he does not have to answer to either council or Crown, but is prepared to consult on safety and hygiene matters.

He has informed the Wellington City Council and the Crown that "neither they nor any other non-marae or non-Maori individuals have any entitlement to determine or interfere with any matters within our marae boundaries".

A previous zoning change, since reversed, was made without consultation and in breach of the Treaty principles, says Mr Stewart. Recent imposition of "excessive by-law constraints" have provoked him into making this legal case.

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Bruce Stewart


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