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Written by Jeff Neems, Waikato Times   
Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Two key Waikato and Coromandel Peninsula projects will feature on a Maori TV series looking at environmental issues that began at the weekend.

Sand mining off the North Island's west coast and the controversial Whangamata Marina project are among the topics dealt with in the current series of Maori Television's environmental and conservation issues programme Kaitiaki.

The second series of Kaitiaki - the Maori word for guardian - began on Maori Television on Saturday night, and continues for six weeks. The Whangamata Marina, which is still the subject of ongoing opposition and a legal challenge, features on December 13, while sand west coast mining will be dealt with on January 3.

Series director Kim Webby, a former Television New Zealand journalist, says with local Whangamata iwi strongly opposed to the marina and the issues there ongoing, it was seen as part of the wider issue of coastal development.

Webby says filming for the Whangamata Marina episode had been largely completed and was about to be edited when local iwi and other opponents undertook their occupation of the marina site.

...we always take everything from a very local perspective - the `flax roots' perspective - we wanted to know what local iwi and hapu were doing about those issues in their own regions...

"So we went back down to the occupation - and that was pretty interesting."

The Whangamata Marina issue involved the Foreshore and Seabed Act, a major bone of contention for Maori. Webby says while in some cases organisations and businesses wouldn't allow representatives to speak to Kaitiaki for their series, Whangamata Marina Society president Mick Kelly did agree to a "very quick" interview for the marina episode.

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