Maori community up in arms over block offer

TARANAKI indigenous community members have expressed outraged at the New Zealand government’s launch of an onshore oil block auction which is offering some 2,200 sq.km of acreage for exploration in the Taranaki Basin on the North Island.

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Map of Iwi traditional owner regions in Taranaki.

 
Talking to Radio New Zealand, Maori traditional owners Ngati Ruanui chief Debbie Ngarewa-Packer said she had  a feeling of anxiety over whether operators would conduct exploration in a