Story: Ngā rōpū tautohetohe – Māori protest movements

Foreshore and seabed hīkoi, 2011

Foreshore and seabed hīkoi, 2011

A group of protesters walk into Parliament grounds on 22 March 2011 after marching from Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga), near New Zealand’s northernmost tip, to protest against the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill. The banner at the front reads ‘Maori Seabed For Shore!’, a pun on the marchers’ concern for Māori ownership of the foreshore and seabed. The hīkoi echoes the massive hīkoi of 2004, when the Labour government legislated to restrict the ability of Māori to claim customary rights to the foreshore and seabed.

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Basil Keane, 'Ngā rōpū tautohetohe – Māori protest movements - Government proposals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 11 Jan 2023