Iwi fights port dredging in Tauranga

Adam Gifford

Paora Stanley – Iwi fights port dredging in Tauranga

Funding of roles:

Ngai Te Rangi is threatening to block Tauranga Port if Tauranga Port goes ahead with a massive dredging plan.

Ngai Te Rangi is threatening to block Tauranga Port if Tauranga Port goes ahead with a massive dredging plan.

The iwi is heading to the Environmental Court to challenge a resource permit for the works issued by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, which owns more than half the shares in the port.

Chief executive Paora Stanley says Ngai Te Rangi’s challenge to similar consent a decade ago failed but everything the iwi warned would come to port came true .

He has been trying since the beginning of the year to find an amicable solution, but the company refuses to commit.

“We understand business. The Tauranga Māori economy is worth around $2 billion, of which $1 billion is related to horticulture. We have a vested interest, but we are not going to pass it up when the environment is suffering just for business, including ours,” Mr Stanley said.

Ngai Te Rangi is also preparing a claim with the Waitangi Court over the obligations of the regional council and the port company.


Comments are closed.