30 Jan 2014

Anti-mining hikoi to Waitangi

8:10 pm on 30 January 2014

A group of mining protesters will hikoi from Cape Reinga to Waitangi to confront politicians who will gather there next week.

The protest march will begin on Saturday, in opposition to the latest drilling permit granted in the Reinga Basin, which is a site of cultural significance to Maori.

Hikoi organiser Reuben Taipari says the group will arrive at Waitangi on Wednesday.

He says the group wants its Northland issues to be taken to Waitangi, while government ministers and parliamentarians are there.

Mr Taipari says it also wants an answer from Prime Minister John Key about why he's disregarding the peoples' concerns with exploration and mining in the region.

He says a powhiri will be held for the roopu (group) onto Waitangi once it arrives.