Mauri or Maori? Pick one

Sometimes one shakes one’s head at the stupidity of the world.

Gisborne is a ‘deprived’ area crying out for jobs, having money thrown at it like confetti by the government and yet when the opportunity arrives to improve the lot of the locals, the iwi gang pop their heads up and object.? What utter muppets.

Newsie reports on the situation where the local iwi are objecting about the port management attempting to add value to this area. Quote.

The port authorities in Gisborne have expressed disappointment over an appeal planned against expanded facilities for the export of logs.

They said they needed to rebuild 60-year-old wharves and reshape a derelict 1920s-era slipway to cope with a wall of wood coming from nearby forests. End of quote.

The amount of wood almost ready to harvest in the hinterland behind Gisborne and which needs to be exported through this port in the next few years is staggering.? The port is already a choke point and it is going to get much worse. Quote.

The hinterland of Gisborne has 154,000ha of plantation forests, and the port managers said they wanted to make sure this could be shipped out from the nearest docks to make it economic for growers to export their product.

But resource consent granted to allow this to happen looks set to be challenged in the Environment Court.

“We worked hard with all the submitters in front of independent commissioners and they granted us resource consent,” said Matt Todd, who’s chief executive of the port’s owners, Eastland Group.

“(The challenge) adds significant time and cost to this proposal.”

Mr Todd said he wanted two logging ships to be able to tie up at the wharf simultaneously.

At present only one could, and had to use wharves with cracked pilings, rusting reinforced concrete and obsolete oil pipes. End of quote.

Doubling the throughput of export logs just has to be a good thing for the people of this area. Quote.

Port managers won resource consent for the work, but an iwi collective has said it planned to appeal the case to the Environment Court.

Eastland Group’s chief executive Matt Todd said he was disappointed. End of quote.

I would suggest that “disappointed” might just be an understatement … Quote.

The iwi objectors could not be reached for comment.

But they earlier told the Gisborne Herald they wanted to protect the integrity of Te Toka a Taiau, where a rock once stood to mark the site of the first meeting between European and M?ori. End of quote.

Either they are suffering from colonial oppression and want everything returned to the way it was or they want to celebrate and protect a rock to commemorate when they first met the colonial oppressors? Do they even know what they want? Quote.

They also wanted to safeguard the mauri, or life spirit, of the marine environment. End of quote.

I am utterly fed up with this animist religion ‘life spirit’ of inanimate objects nonsense.? It is the 21st-century folks, not the stone age. Quote.

There was also concern about a rock lobster nursery under the wharves, though the port company said it too cared about this, and would take steps to improve the lobster habitat.

Last year, the port exported three million tonnes of logs, up from 350,000 in 2005.

The port said one in four families in the region had someone working in forestry. End of quote.

There are plenty of other rocks for the lobsters to live under. Losing a small bit of fairly uninspiring habitat for some lobsters is a very small price to pay for providing security of employment for 25% of families in the area who work in forestry and all the families in the forestry service support sector, plus all those employed directly by the port or those in the marine service industries.

What is the matter with these iwi nonces?

The Port of Tauranga is a massive boost to the economy of the Bay of Plenty.? Fortunately, the iwi objectors in Tauranga did not stop the dredging to allow the bigger container ships and cruise liners and the region as a whole are benefiting.

Oh, but think of the lobsters!

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Conflict of interest disclaimer: WH owns part of a forest where harvesting will begin in two years and the logs need to be exported through Gisborne’s port.