7 Aug 2010

Iwi summit being held on offshore exploration

5:15 pm on 7 August 2010

Te Whanau a Apanui has called members to a summit in Auckland to discuss the Government's onshore and offshore mining agenda.

Waatea News reports the eastern Bay of Plenty iwi is fighting the Government's grant of a licence to the Brazilian company Petrobras to explore for oil in the Raukumara Basin off East Cape.

Spokesperson Riki Gage says it's not just an issue for East Coast iwi, as the Government seems to be announcing it's opening more areas for drilling and mining every day.

He says the hui - set for Te Kotuku marae at Rutherford High in west Auckland - will discuss both domestic and international action.