In recent weeks both Bruce Stirling and David Armstrong have presented evidence in the Waitangi Tribunal’s Porirua ki Manawatu inquiry as part of its hearings into the claims of Muaūpoko.
Bruce’s evidence to the Tribunal, focusing on Muaūpoko customary interests and the impact of Crown policies, including the introduction of the Native Land Court, was presented in November. See the Manawatu Standard report, ‘Waitangi Tribunal hears Crown influenced Native Land Court’.
David presented his evidence during a three day hearing held in Wellington between 14-16 December. His evidence related to the pollution of Lake Horowhenua, Muaūpoko land and other interests in the Kapiti/Horowhenua/Manawatu/Rangitikei region, early attempts by the tribe to retain their land through a form of tribal trust, and land transactions which led to the formation of the Levin township.