The Manukau Claim

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The Manukau Claim :

The Manukau Claim

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The Manukau Harbour used to be the dumping ground for waste and sewage from the rapidly growing urban area of Auckland.

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Maori living on the Manukau became upset and angry by the despoiling of their harbour.

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which was long treasured for its fisheries.

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As settler numbers grew, the Tainui tribes in the Waikato decided against selling any more land. In 1858 they decided to establish a king, Potatau Te Wherowhero .

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Sir George Grey, and the settler government, though the Maori King was incompatible with British sovereignty and prepared for war.

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Greys troops moved to invade the Waikato on 12 July 1863.

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Government policy said that Waikato Maori were 'rebels' . Those who were in the war had their land confiscated off them as a punishment.

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Most Maori on the Manukau Harbour were forced to leave their settlements and retreat into the Waikato

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After the wars had ended , some Māori returned to the Manukau Harbour.

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However, urban growth meant that remaining lands and fisheries were ruined by industrial and agricultural developments, polluting , commercial fishing, and the blocking of access to the harbour.

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The Waitangi Tribunal’s Manukau Report of 1985 showed that the Crown didn’t recognise Treaty rights to land and traditional seafood resources and they had not provided the protection promised.

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For the Maori involved with the Manukau Claim, the spiritual and physical well-being of the harbour was, and still is, important.

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A new walking track , new beaches with plentiful bird life, and the revival of fishing grounds are now part of a restored harbour.

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