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Written by Denise Piper, Whangarei Leader   
Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Traffic jams and congestion caused havoc in central Whangarei on Thursday during a protest over the ownership of Hauturu Little Barrier Island.

The peaceful protest called Hikoi for Hauturu was attended by about 80 Ngatiwai whanau, including children.

They were protesting a Treaty of Waitangi settlement over the island which is being settled with a hapu of Ngatiwai, Ngati Manuhiri, spokeswoman Isha Waetford says.

The settlement gives Hauturu completely to Ngati Manuhiri who then give Little Barrier back to the Crown seven days later. Ngati Manuhiri gets to keep 1.2 hectares as a nature reserve and run a conservation management plan over the whole island with the Crown.

Ms Waetford says the problem is that Ngatiwai who are not of Ngati Manuhiri descent lose their rights to the island.

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