A key series of Waitangi Tribunal Hearings will begin at Whakarongotai Marae in Waikanae tomorrow.
Large numbers of Maori are expected to attend — and the Kāpiti Council has warned locals that there may be only limited parking in Waikanae Town Centre during the week.
Te Ātiawa / Ngāti Awa ki Kapiti hearings
The hearings are part of Hearing Week 3 and will run from 11 – 15 February.
Districtwide Cr Jackie Elliott points out this hearing is only the third of four concerning local iwi.
‘While much valuable evidence has already been given, and will be added to, the fourth 3-day hearing for Ngatiawa ki Kapiti iwi will be held at Southwards in April (final date to be announced), she says.
‘Their claims will cover the WAI 1018 claim and Airport claim and WAI 1620 Puketapu Hapu claim. These claims will have wide ranging effect on the centre of the district. Their land also covers much of the back ranges of Akatarawa, Reikiorangi, Maungatukutuku and the entire water catchment areas within.’
This week’s hearing
For further information about this week’s hearing, readers should email the Inquiry Facilitator, Te Amohaere Reihana at TeAmohaere.Reihana@justice.govt.nz.
The Kāpiti Council Group Manager Infrastructure Services, Sean Mallon, says two rows of car parks outside the Marae have been reserved for the 200 people expected to attend the event.
“As parking may be limited during the hearings we’re encouraging people to consider alternative modes of transport to the town centre, such as public transport, walking, carpooling or biking,” Mr Mallon says.
“The service lane to town centre businesses, Marae Lane and the carparks around the town centre will remain open.
“We’ll also have traffic management and signage in place”.