The Green Party is proud to support Kohupātiki Marae to uphold the mana of their awa.
“We are pleased that the New Zealand Geographic Board has accepted ‘Te Awa o Mokotūāraro’ as the rightful name for this awa after declining ‘Ngaruroro Moko-tū-ā-raro ki Rangatira’ in Operation Pātiki’s first application earlier this year”.
“The proposal will now be publicly notified for submissions for one month starting on the 18th of January 2023. The board will consider any submissions it receives at its first hui in March/April of 2023.
“To restore the rightful name of this awa will right the wrong that occurred in 1975 when the Ngaruroro Moko-tū-ā-raro ki Rangatira awa was renamed Clive River after flooding caused the awa to be diverted.” says the Green Party’s Māori Development spokesperson, Dr Elizabeth Kerekere.
“This will be a historical milestone for mana whenua, it signifies reclamation of our whakapapa. The name ‘Te Awa o Mokotūāraro’ preserves our stories and memories of the past and is one of the many steps towards restoring and protecting the health and well-being of our awa. We thank Dr Kerekere and her office for their enduring support”, says Operation Pātiki spokesperson Aki Paipper.
“The Green Party is proud to support Operation Pātiki ki Kohupātiki Marae and believes that restoring the name is the first step to reclaiming tino rangatiratanga over the awa. We acknowledge the Hastings District Council, Napier City Council and Hawkes Bay Regional Council, and local businesses and communities for their ongoing vocal support throughout this year”, says Dr Elizabeth Kerekere.