Port feasibility study not agreed to

LETTER

Re: Hicks Bay will decide, August 27 story.

Four days after our hui the CEO of TRONPnui Herewini Te Koha confirms “we are doing” a feasibility study!

On the 26th August, the CEO of TRONPnui said to the “people of Hicks Bay” the pre-feasibility report “didn’t look good”. He had no report to present and was encouraging the idea of a full feasibility study. Ngati Porou Holdings said they were “looking to” carry out a full feasibility study in a joint effort with Eastland Port and Terrafermah.

“Encouraging the idea” and “looking to” is not saying “we are doing” a feasibility study.

If a full feasibility study is in fact already in play, then TRONPnui had no intentions on that Sunday hui of delivering a pre-feasibility study or consulting with the hapu/community for consent to “move to” a feasibility study? They’re already doing it! The decision had already been made and without any consultation or involvement with the “home people” and leaders who live in Hicks Bay.

The poor, unacceptable communication the CEO of TRONPnui is delivering to us, is misleading, undermining our own leadership in Hicks Bay, stressful and extremely harmful to the “home people” who live in Hicks Bay. For months we’ve been trying our best to receive clear communication and updates.

Ani Huriwai-Pahuru our TRONPnui representative leader was asked and confirms she did not know anything about a feasibility study going ahead, nor has she ever been consulted or invited to join the Tairawhiti/regional group initiated by TRONPnui which met at Parliament earlier this year regarding a port development in Hicks Bay. In fact it has been extremely difficult for her to collect any information on this project.

The hapu/community of Hicks Bay has only ever agreed to TRONPnui doing a “pre-feasibility” study and nothing else. That report was expected to be presented back in September 2017.

Nga mihi

Louina Houkamau

Footnote response from Herewini Te Koha, CEO, Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou:

Mrs Houkamau is misrepresenting what TRONPnui reps said to the hui at Hicks Bay on August 26. We were very clear to the hui that TRONPnui was working through a process with Eastland Port and a private developer to pursue a joint feasibility study. If the joint study got under way I further stated that the process would call for regular and meaningful input from local hapu and the Hicks Bay community to consider the economic, environmental and cultural impacts of a port development.

Some who attended the hui, like Mrs Houkamau, made clear that they would oppose a port development irrespective of the results of any feasibility study. But others who spoke at the hui said that they wanted to see the results of a full study before they made their minds up once and for all.

TRONPnui acknowledges that this is a highly sensitive issue to work through with the local community. But we want to ensure that any decisions about going forward with a port development — or not — are based on good and comprehensive information.

Re: Hicks Bay will decide, August 27 story.

Four days after our hui the CEO of TRONPnui Herewini Te Koha confirms “we are doing” a feasibility study!

On the 26th August, the CEO of TRONPnui said to the “people of Hicks Bay” the pre-feasibility report “didn’t look good”. He had no report to present and was encouraging the idea of a full feasibility study. Ngati Porou Holdings said they were “looking to” carry out a full feasibility study in a joint effort with Eastland Port and Terrafermah.

“Encouraging the idea” and “looking to” is not saying “we are doing” a feasibility study.

If a full feasibility study is in fact already in play, then TRONPnui had no intentions on that Sunday hui of delivering a pre-feasibility study or consulting with the hapu/community for consent to “move to” a feasibility study? They’re already doing it! The decision had already been made and without any consultation or involvement with the “home people” and leaders who live in Hicks Bay.

The poor, unacceptable communication the CEO of TRONPnui is delivering to us, is misleading, undermining our own leadership in Hicks Bay, stressful and extremely harmful to the “home people” who live in Hicks Bay. For months we’ve been trying our best to receive clear communication and updates.

Ani Huriwai-Pahuru our TRONPnui representative leader was asked and confirms she did not know anything about a feasibility study going ahead, nor has she ever been consulted or invited to join the Tairawhiti/regional group initiated by TRONPnui which met at Parliament earlier this year regarding a port development in Hicks Bay. In fact it has been extremely difficult for her to collect any information on this project.

The hapu/community of Hicks Bay has only ever agreed to TRONPnui doing a “pre-feasibility” study and nothing else. That report was expected to be presented back in September 2017.

Nga mihi

Louina Houkamau

Footnote response from Herewini Te Koha, CEO, Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou:

Mrs Houkamau is misrepresenting what TRONPnui reps said to the hui at Hicks Bay on August 26. We were very clear to the hui that TRONPnui was working through a process with Eastland Port and a private developer to pursue a joint feasibility study. If the joint study got under way I further stated that the process would call for regular and meaningful input from local hapu and the Hicks Bay community to consider the economic, environmental and cultural impacts of a port development.

Some who attended the hui, like Mrs Houkamau, made clear that they would oppose a port development irrespective of the results of any feasibility study. But others who spoke at the hui said that they wanted to see the results of a full study before they made their minds up once and for all.

TRONPnui acknowledges that this is a highly sensitive issue to work through with the local community. But we want to ensure that any decisions about going forward with a port development — or not — are based on good and comprehensive information.

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Peter Jones - 2 months ago
This illustrates the degree to which corporate structures have been put in place to override local opinion. You're all Pakeha now. LOL.

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