28 May 2011

Iwi to consider ban over Kaipara harbour

4:32 am on 28 May 2011

Kaipara harbour iwi Te Uri o Hau will decide on Sunday whether to place a rahui (ban) over the harbour to protest against a tidal power plant proposed by Crest Energy.

Spokesperson Mikaera Miru says Kaipara residents have shown overwhelming opposition to the plans, which have been cleared by the Environment Court.

He says Sunday's hui at Waikaretu marae will decide whether a more traditional protest is called for.

Mr Miru told Waatea News the rahui would make the area tapu (off limits) where the turbines are supposed to be placed, so Crest Energy crews or contractors could not enter.