Port asserts commitment to Ngati Oneone - Iwi concerns acknowledged

A ship loading up at Eastland Port. Picture supplied

Eastland Port says it remains committed to its relationship with Ngati Oneone.

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones earlier this week criticised Ngati Oneone for its opposition to a proposed expansion of Eastland Port and questioned why there had been a “breakdown” in the relationship.

Eastland Group, which operates the port, has issued a statement in response.

“In September 2018 Eastland Group company Eastland Port was granted consent to renovate wharf 6 and 7 so it remained functional for the region’s industries.

“The consent meant the port could rebuild 60-year-old wharves 6 and 7 and reshape the derelict 1920s-era slipway. It would also extend the ability of the port to load on a second berth.

“Timely granting of the consent is important for maintaining the port and meeting the region’s export needs,” Eastland Group chairman Matanuku Mahuika said.

“However, Eastland Group also acknowledges the challenges to the port consent and the concerns expressed on the part of Ngati Oneone.

“We respect these concerns and are working through them as part of a mediation process and ongoing discussions.

“Eastland Group remains committed to a long-term relationship with Ngati Oneone and we hope that an agreed way forward can be found.”

Eastland Port says it remains committed to its relationship with Ngati Oneone.

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones earlier this week criticised Ngati Oneone for its opposition to a proposed expansion of Eastland Port and questioned why there had been a “breakdown” in the relationship.

Eastland Group, which operates the port, has issued a statement in response.

“In September 2018 Eastland Group company Eastland Port was granted consent to renovate wharf 6 and 7 so it remained functional for the region’s industries.

“The consent meant the port could rebuild 60-year-old wharves 6 and 7 and reshape the derelict 1920s-era slipway. It would also extend the ability of the port to load on a second berth.

“Timely granting of the consent is important for maintaining the port and meeting the region’s export needs,” Eastland Group chairman Matanuku Mahuika said.

“However, Eastland Group also acknowledges the challenges to the port consent and the concerns expressed on the part of Ngati Oneone.

“We respect these concerns and are working through them as part of a mediation process and ongoing discussions.

“Eastland Group remains committed to a long-term relationship with Ngati Oneone and we hope that an agreed way forward can be found.”

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Winston Moreton - 7 days ago
Eastland Group still overlooking mana whenua? The RMA challenge to the port consent is not being led by either Ngati Oneone or Ngati Porou. The reporter (and editor?) need to check the facts and be careful about taking information from the Eastland Group at face value. Pan-iwi has been used too long to justify doubling the port's log-wharf and dredging the crayfish nursery.

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