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Patricia Grace, DCNZM QSO
Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Raukawa, Te Āti Awa
In 2011, internationally renowned author, Patricia Grace took a stance to stop the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) from compulsorily taking ancestral whānau land for the Kapiti Expressway near Wellington. Her empowering action paid off when the Māori Land Court and the Environment Court decided in her favour.
As Patricia Grace said "the decision respects the oral traditions handed down to the family about the ancestral significance of the land, and the historical and cultural importance. It recognises the generosity of our ancestor Wiremu Parata in his donation of land to the Waikanae community for the public works, and our call therefore, that ‘enough is enough’ as far as this family is concerned".
In this excerpt, from Te Karere, Patricia Grace talks about the importance of the land and her tīpuna Wiremu Parata.
Image: Screengrab from Te Karere, courtesy TVNZ.
Catalogue Reference TZP397795
Reporter: Matua Joe Glen