Story: Whanganui tribes

The Pākaitore (Moutoa Gardens) protest (1st of 6)

The Pākaitore (Moutoa Gardens) protest

In the 19th century Whanganui Māori began legal processes to protect their rights in the river. The fight continued in the 20th century. In 1995 concern widened to issues of land and especially to Pākaitore (Moutoa Gardens). Māori claimed that this was the site of a and a traditional place for trade, and that it had been set aside from the purchase of Whanganui. The city denied these claims. So on 28 February 1995, Whanganui Māori occupied the site. Here Niko Tangaroa, one of the leaders, talks to the mayor of Whanganui, Chas Poynter.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP-Ethics-Demonstrations-Moutoa Gardens-06
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David Young, 'Whanganui tribes - The 20th and 21st centuries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2024)

Story by David Young, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017