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Indigenous Activists Protest Real Estate Development in New Zealand

HeadlineJul 30, 2019

In Auckland, New Zealand, thousands of indigenous people are protesting plans for a new housing development on sacred land. Fletcher Building, New Zealand’s largest developer, plans to build nearly 500 homes in Ihumatao. Land defenders have been protesting the move for years, and a group has been camping out on the proposed site for a week. This is Hone Harawira, a Maori activist and former member of Parliament, who has been taking part in the mass protest.

Hone Harawira: “Stop ignoring the people here. You can’t just make out like this is not happening. You’ve got to bring the people to the table.”
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Friday said no construction would take place for now, and promised talks with the indigenous communities.

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