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State Of Emergency On The Health Of Our Oceans | Scoop News

State Of Emergency On The Health Of Our Oceans

In mid December, Māori from across Aotearoa gathered on
Aotea Great Barrier Island to declare a state of emergency
on the health of our oceans. “Mauri o te Moana”, a group
focussed on giving voice to this issue, was established from
this gathering. There was a unanimous call to halt the
systematic destruction of our oceans.

With the recent
announcement from the Government to declare a climate
emergency in Aotearoa, we, Mauri o te Moana, are asserting
our rangatiratanga to demand an immediate change on how we,
as a nation, interact with our ocean.

We are at a
tipping point.

The oceans are the lungs of the earth
and our biggest carbon sink. Kelly Klink Ngāti Rehua Ngāti
Wai ki Aotea says, “there is no more time for tinkering.
Urgent transformational action is needed to reverse the
damage caused by human exploitation of this eco-system and
the lungs of our earth. The evidence is clear and has taught
us that when we reduce human impact the floor of the ocean
can and will revive”.

We call on the New Zealand
government, and local and regional councils, to halt further
exploitation and wanton destruction of our waterways. We can
no longer afford to use the oceans as our dumping grounds
for human waste. We must put a stop to over-fishing and
ocean pollution.

Bianca Ranson, Ngāti Kahu ki
Whangaroa, Ngāpuhi says, “we have witnessed what has
happened to our ocean over the last few decades: the
memories of clear water, shells and birdlife on the beach
and an abundance of kaimoana – those days are gone. We now
see sedimentation, and a sparsity of marine life. Mauri o te
Moana is growing into an extensive network throughout
Aotearoa. We will support the voice and action of Māori
working directly to protect the mauri of the moana and those
who are asserting their rangatiratanga within their rohe. We
will not stop fighting for the protection of our oceans
until it is free of dredging, dumping, extraction, over-
fishing, the desecration of traditional fishing grounds and
pollution.”

We are now calling on you to join us in
this movement to demand an immediate change on how we, as a
nation, interact with our oceans. 3-7 Feb, Kāretu Marae, Te
Tai Tokerau. To register please email [email protected]

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