On Friday the 28th of June at 4.48pm, Treaty Negotiation Minister Andrew Little, had his motorcade detained on the Waiotahe Bridge SH2 outside of Opotiki as he was transiting through Whakatohea territory having just taken the surrender of a tribe up the coast for 30 million pieces of silver. The local Ngai Tamahaua Hapu refuse to agree to such a corrupt land confiscation down-trou’ befalling their Iwi as he was about to find out.
Based on the Minister’s dismissive attitude towards the utterly disingenuous manner in which this negotiation process has been rammed through, local Hapu heard the Minister was visiting the Te Whanau a Apanui AIP signing at Omaio and detained the Minister’s motorcade by blockading the Waiotahe Bridge on State Highway 2 and serving the Minister with a trespass order.
This detention of the Minister’s motorcade and serving of a trespass order by local Hapu has not been previously reported on.
Apparently the motorcade had no idea what was happening until it was too late. The limo was boxed in and the chauffeur didn’t know what to do. Tamati Coffey’s car was part of the entourage and he must have witnessed the whole scene go down.
Local Hapu I have spoken to refuse point blank to allow the Crown to steal their land the way Oranga Tamariki are stealing Māori babies.
They tell me there will be no tick-the-box ceremonies in Opotiki because of the staunch Hapu opposition. That was why Finlayson (the previous head-kicker National Treaty Minister) had to sneak around their rohe to have secret meetings and they had to do their AIP signing at the Beehive where the protesters were contained on the parliamentary forecourt. The government obviously don’t have a shit show of containing even one Hapu in their own country as it turns out.
The facade that this Government are acting in good faith towards Treaty Negotiations is demonstrably false if the relationship has broken down so badly that Ministers are being intercepted in their limos on bridges and being served with trespass notices.