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To: Gisborne District Council
Save Kaiti Beach; PROTECT our History and Biodiversity
Aotearoa New Zealand we urgently need your help!
We are asking for YOUR help to SAVE KAITI BEACH!
Join us in calling for the Gisborne District Council to say NO more expansion at Eastland Port!
We must protect Kaiti Beach for future generations, so our tamariki children can have access to healthy ecosystems free from toxins, access to clean and safe areas for water activities and less noise pollution in the environment.
This is for the protection of precious taonga species, for the mana and mauri of the moana, this is for our future and the preservation of a significant historical site.
Together we ask the Gisborne District Council to protect this site and say NO to Eastland Port Twin Berth Project.
Why is this important?
Eastland Port is planning to carry out substantial construction work to expand their port in Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa Gisborne. This includes further reclamation of reef and ocean space near the river mouth and more dredging with disposal of materials to the off shore disposal ground located within the bay.(1)
These proposed works would create further loss of habitat for taonga species, fail to respect significant cultural values and will distort a precious historical site of Aotearoa New Zealand.
The species currently occupying this area are Kororā (little blue penguin), Toreā (oystercatcher), Taranui (caspian tern), Matuku Moana (white faced heron), Kāruhiruhi (pied shag), Kawaupaka (little shag), Tākapu (gannet), Karoro (black backed gull), Kōtare (kingfisher), Kekeno (fur seal), Whai (stingray), Kōura (crayfish), Kākahi (fresh water mussel), Pāpaka nui (purple rock crab), Kina (sea urchin), Manaia (seahorse) to name a few. Orca whales also feed from the reef with their young at certain times of the year.
Previous construction work by Eastland Port destroyed an estimated 35 to 70 kororā (little blue penguin) nests during the breeding season in 2021. The habitat was located within the rock wall where the port carried out demolition and reclamation.(2)
The consent granted to Eastland Port was a Limited notification which didn't allow for Public Submissions.
The site of the proposed works is described as nationally and internationally significant to our country. A natural reef formation used by ancestors of Māori as a landing point dating back many centuries ago. The landing entrance later saw an arrival of Europeans. Kaiti Beach represents a significant historical site used by both our Māori and Pākehā ancestors.
In the words of Dame Anne Salmond:
“The foreshore of the Tūranaganui River is one of the world’s great voyaging sites. It is the landing place of the Horouta canoe, celebrating the achievements of the Polynesian star navigators. It is the place where Captain James Cook and his companions first came ashore in New Zealand, heralding the traditions of European exploration and discovery.
It is the site where Tupaia, the Ra’iatean high priest navigator who sailed with Cook, first met Māori, marking the links between local people and their ancestral homelands. It is a meeting place of cultures, of challenges and shootings, as well as friendly exchanges. Here Captain Cook and a local man saluted each other with a hongi on Te Toka-a-Taiau, the first greeting between a Māori and a European.
It is a sacred site for all New Zealanders, to be celebrated with pride and treated with dignity."(3)
In the words of Sir Derek Lardelli:
Te Toka-a-Taiau, the rock of Taiau, Te Pito o Te Ao, is the core of our universe, a Tairawhiti perspective
Ko Te Toka-a-Taiau, Te herenga o ngā wai mai te hononga o ngā rua
Te Toka-a-Taiau is the spiritual gathering place of our ancestors
Ko Te Toka-a-Taiau, Te whakatinanatanga o te whakapapa
We are the kaitiaki guardians of this very sacred site and Te Toka-a-Taiau is the physical reminder of our commitment to the land, the people and our environment
Ko Te Toka-a-Taiau he mauri tipua
Te Toka-a-Taiau is the spiritual essence of our ancestors
Ko te Toka-a-Taiau he mauri tawhito
Te Toka-a-Taiau is a spiritual essence from ancient times
He mauri no te kukunetanga mai i Hawaiki
The spiritual essence from the origins of time and the spiritual homeland of Hawaiki
Mauritū nei hei ahurewa tapu
That stands as a sacred alter
Mauritū nei hei tūāhu tapu
That stands as the launching pad of our destiny"(3)
We believe all people of Aotearoa New Zealand would consider this a significant piece of history and we need to protect the area from further disruption and modification. We ask you to join us in saying “Enough!” to Eastland Port and Gisborne District Council.
Join us in calling for the protection of this natural environment, a life source, a habitat of taonga species, a significant piece of history connecting each of us to our identity. We must protect it for future generations so they can connect to their history.
This is our chance Aotearoa New Zealand, let's stand together, side by side to give this area the respect and dignity it deserves. Let it be your time in history to help shape this moment and move us all forward in an ethical direction to let the healing begin.
Thank you for your time and consideration in signing this petition. This petition will be used as evidence for public support to deny the consent application submitted by Eastland Port.
2. Recommendations for penguin management for the Waikahua seawall project at Eastland Port (December 2021). Dr. John Cockrem. https://www.gisborneherald.co.nz/frontpage-featured/20211223/seawall-deadly-for-korora/
3. The Tūranganui River; A Brief History (October 2006). Michael Spedding.