Story: Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi – ngā mātāpono o te tiriti

East Coast oil exploration protest, 2011

East Coast oil exploration protest, 2011

In April 2011 members of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui of the northern East Coast took to the sea to protest against a Brazilian company's oil exploration activities in their tribal waters. Their protest was partly based on the grounds that in the 'management of physical and natural resources, full and balanced account is taken of ... the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.' (Environment Act 1986). This photo shows a Greenpeace inflatable and the tribally owned fishing vessel San Pietro out protesting on the water. On the horizon can be seen the oil exploration ship Orient Explorer.

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Photograph by Malcolm Pullman

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Janine Hayward, 'Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi – ngā mātāpono o te tiriti - Treaty principles developed through laws', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/32963/east-coast-oil-exploration-protest-2011 (accessed 25 August 2019)

Story by Janine Hayward, published 20 Jun 2012