19 Apr 2012

Taranaki iwi unhappy with consultation over mining

1:15 pm on 19 April 2012

A South Taranaki tribe says it's not happy with the level of consultation by the Crown over Government plans to increase mining and oil drilling.

A contingent of Taranaki iwi and other tribal representatives from throughout the country met with the Ministry of Economic Development on 10 April to discuss mineral exploration plans.

Chair of Nga Hapu o Ngaruahine Iwi Incorporated Daisy Noble says she felt the korero or talks were aimed more at the oil and gas industry than at tangata whenua.

She says there was nothing in the ministry's presentation that iwi could relate to and it was all about what the industry should be doing and what might be expected of them.

Ms Noble says if the Crown is serious about engaging with Maori in a review of the Crown Minerals Act, then it should first have acknowledged the Waitangi Tribunal recommendations that came out of the 2010 petroleum inquiry.

She says the iwi is now preparing submissions for the review.