At lunch time on Saturday in Palmerston North Nga Uri o Te Rangiaranaki marched to Aokautere, ANZAC park to occupy, saying they would like to rebuild a Marae on their tupuna land. There was a police escort from The Square to Aokautere with the for warning that they will be arrested if they continue to occupy after 4pm.
The group of about 20 yesterday marched from The Square to the bush-covered hill reserve on the edge of the Manawatu River.However, the protest ended when police arrested leader Carwyn Kawana for trespass. The rest of the group dispersed.
click to enlargeMr Kawana vowed he would be back every day till his bloodlines got the land back.He said a marae once stood on the land and it was also an old pa site and the "young warriors" wanted a marae to be built again to honour their ancestors.He was arrested after Palmerston North City Council representative Peter Eathorne asked them to leave and then read a trespass notice.Mr Eathorne said Anzac Park would be shut to the public this weekend to manage the "issue".Last Friday, Mr Kawana's group erected a carving in The Square but it was removed by the council.
thanx to T.I.A for the pics