Interesting that for some tangata whenua the fight goes on.
"Waitaha wants Minister of Maori Affairs Pita Sharples to help protect its cultural and spiritual values from a proposed cement plant development in the Waiareka Valley.
Waitaha wants special recognition for the Whitston Escarpment, also known as Te Ana Raki, which will be mined by Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd for limestone and tuff for its $400 million development."
"The Waitaha Taiwhenua O Waitaki Trust Board and Te Runanganui O Waitaha Me Mata Waka Inc were interested parties in an appeal heard in Oamaru by the Environment Court earlier this year against the cement plant development.
Waitaha Taiwhenua O Waitaki Trust Board spokesman Stephen Bray said yesterday the resource consents process had failed right from the start because Holcim had not consulted Waitaha.
That continued with the Otago Regional and Waitaki District Councils, which granted resource consents for the development, also failing to consult Waitaha."
"Mr Bray also believed divisions between itself and Ngai Tahu could be settled, if Ngai Tahu was prepared "to sit at the table and discuss them".
During the Environment Court hearing, Waitaha and Ngai Tahu, the statutory body responsible for the area, clashed over Maori cultural and spiritual values in the valley.
Ngai Tahu said its Moeraki runanga had mana whenua (status) over the valley.
It had reached a memorandum of understanding with Holcim.
Waitaha claimed mana whenua and said Ngai Tahu was not sufficiently knowledgeable on Waitaha values and sites and not able to represent its interests.
However, in its decision upholding the resource consents issued for the cement development, the court declined to get involved in that debate.
The court said it was apparent the issue was more deeply seated and Waitaha did not consider Ngai Tahu had authority to speak for it."
Who has mana whenua status - the whenua knows and reveals.