25 Aug 2009

Hapu urged to protect sacred sites

7:09 am on 25 August 2009

A lawyer who specialises in Maori law says all hapu should tell Land Information about their waahi tapu or sacred sites, to ensure they're protected.

Te Kani Williams, a director of the law firm Wackrow, Williams and Davies suggests hapu outline to Land Information, the agency that issues licences to use Crown land, where sacred sites are so they won't be disrupted.

A Far North hapu continues to occupy Crown-owned land over claims a logging firm is cutting down native trees and tramping on sacred land.