The New Zealand Government allocates petroleum exploration permits in an annual tender called a ‘Block Offer’, the current block offer area goes right over the area we have applied for as our Takutai Moana and in some places is three nautical miles (5.5 kilometers) from shore.  We oppose any oil exploration and exploitation and will do so until the Crown engages with Iwi on the issue.

We opposed the Foreshore and Seabed Act through the hikoi to Parliament and a Waitangi Tribunal Hearing in 2008. During the hearing at Mohaka, Ngāti Pāhauwera witnesses all said that we are the Kaitiaki and caretakers of our moana and awa. The Crown acknowledged the unbroken, inalienable and enduring mana of Ngāti Pāhauwera in the Foreshore and Seabed. Then the Government changed the Act. Under the Marine and Coastal Area Act (Takutai Moana) 2011 we gathered more evidence and are still in the process of our applications which go from Poututu Stream to the Esk River and out 12 nautical miles (22km).

Ngāti Pāhauwera Development Trust attended the protest in Napier and stand with the East Coast Hapū who signed the petition regarding Statoil’s oil exploration blasting underwater sound waves from the world’s largest oil exploration ship. https://www.toko.org.nz/petitions/norway-statoil-is-not-welcome-in-our-waters Please sign if you haven’t already.

We tautoko Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated’s mahi on this kaupapa as we support iwi rights across Aotearoa.  Toro Waaka (NPDT Chairperson) is also Co-Chair of the Joint Planning Committee with Hawkes Bay Regional Council who are looking to prohibit oil and gas activities within productive aquifers, aquifer recharge zones and surface water bodies. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objectid=11826199

From New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals website:

“ Pegasus and East Coast Basins. These basins, though relatively under-explored, have proven petroleum systems and are prospective for oil and gas, shale oil and shale gas, and gas hydrates. Significant exploration is due to commence in these basins in the coming years. The Pegasus-East Coast Offshore Release Area (17PEC-R1) covers 49,630 km² of available acreage. The Hawkes Bay Offshore Release Area (17PEC-R2) covers 5,569 km² of available acreage. This release area includes areas of Hawkes Bay outside three nautical miles from shore due to favourable market conditions”

The NPDT position is that the moana is a taonga and tupuna to Ngāti Pāhauwera and all of the other hapū and iwi in Hawkes Bay and that the Crown cannot continue to breach the undertakings given in the Treaty of Waitangi to protect and respect Iwi property rights. The Crown has a duty to actively protect our rights and interests and yet they are offering our Takutai Moana to petroleum companies.

The Trust will be holding information sharing hui at various locations regarding our Takutai Moana applications in the next couple of months, so watch this space. If you have any questions in the meantime contact Bonny Hatami on bonny.hatami@npdt.co.nz or ring the Napier office.

Read the NPDT submission on the 2017 Block offer

NPDT 2017 Block Offer Submission November 2016


  1. Reverend Canon Sissiel Henderson says:

    The current New Zealand Government – National Party has already sold our jobs, acres of productive land and our “Clean Green Image” to overseas enterprises without a thought for our future generations. Stand up Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Pahauwera and Ngati Porou for our taonga tuku Iho.

    Oil and Gas are on the way out, a dying commodity. So why are we risking our environment. Are we once more proving to the world us New Zealanders are not 100% pure BUT 100% naive.


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