Response from Parihaka to Oil and Gas Industry

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Nov 8, 2013 (3 years and 8 months ago)

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Response from Parihaka

to

Oil and Gas Industry



P
out
ū
terangi

2013




To the United Nations, Todd Energy, Cue Energy, New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals
,

the
Ministry of Economic Development, the Department of Labour, the Energy Minister, the Taranaki
R
egional Council, the New Plymouth and South Taranaki District Councils and all companies
holding permits or contracted to operate or profit from Petroleum works in our environment:



Ngā mihi,


We are the people of Parihaka, the descendants, morehu and fol
lowers of Te Whiti o Rongomai and
Tohu K
ā
kahi who gather and continue to meet at Parihaka every month on the R
ā

since the 1870s.


In July 2011 we sent out a Statement of Position outlining our non
-
consent
to the mass expansion of
exploratory surveying and

drilling for petroleum products in the environment around our
papakainga and coastal reserves. This was based on five points that we wish to reiterate here again:




the use of our papakainga and tupuna's names for permit blocks held by Todd Energy is
witho
ut our consent and for an activity in direct contrast with our tikanga



We have serious concerns about pollution of our coastline and moana from yet another oil
spill, dumping of offshore drilling waste and seismic surveying



We have serious concerns about p
ollution of land, water, air and aquifers from onshore
drilling, disposal of associated wastes, seismic surveying and transportation and storage of
hazardous substances such as explosives and drilling additives.



We have grave concerns around the continued
and accelerated extraction of fossil fuels and
it's impact on the entire world through pollution and climate change



We have serious concerns for the safety of the drill
-
site workers and those who transport the
hazardous wastes and especially those communit
ies who endure the increased traffic, noise,
light, threat of well blow
-
outs and have the wastes dumped in their environment.


We recently discovered that Todd Energy and Cue have removed the names of Tohu and
Parihaka from the two aforementioned permit bl
ocks. While we welcome this, Todd and Cue
did not come to our table to discuss the matter. Replacement with the names Te Kiri and
Kanuka does not appear to have been in consultation with iwi or hapu either. This is not
acceptable behaviour.


We welcome Tod
d Energy and Cue's surrender of the Tohu and Pungarehu leads in the now
labelled 'Te Kiri PEP 51149' permit block within which we reside. We however strongly
request surrender of the entire permit block and thorough decommissioning of all drilled
wells and

clean up of those well sites and any dumping grounds associated with them.


In light of these changes, this letter of Response is to reiterate our stance in opposition to these
fossil fuel exploration and extraction activities onshore and offshore, especi
ally around our
papakainga and coastal reserves.


While there may be short term benefits from petroleum for some, the long
-
term effects are
detrimental to local communities and the world as a whole. Continuing fossil fuel extraction is no
longer socially
acceptable in the light of these very serious problems. We must all transition to
sustainable living now.


We remind you also that under Te Tiriti o Waitangi and He Wakaputanga o Te Rangatiratanga o Niu
Tirini and the United Nations Declaration of the Rig
hts of Indigenous Peoples we retain our rights
of “tino rangatiratanga” (sovereignty) over our “whenua” (lands), “kainga” (homes) and “taonga
katoa” (all that we treasure). Under The Treaty of Waitangi the crown also guaranteed all Maori
“exclusive and und
isturbed possession of their lands and estates, forests, fisheries and other
properties.” All the activities in the five points of this letter are in direct breach of these agreements
with the crown. Many w
ā
hi tapu have been damaged or destroyed in Taranak
i from earth works for
well sites and other activities. At least four oil spills in the last ten years have damaged the
ecosystem and denied hapu the ability to eat kaimoana in their rohe for some period of years. The
activities also breach international l
aws of human rights by threatening surety of the necessities of
life such as safe, clean drinking water and healthy food. They also breach international laws of the
seas which protect these fragile and dwindling ecosystems. They surely breach international

agreements around prevention of climate change.


We have had over a hundred years of petroleum exploration and production in the greater Taranaki
region which has contributed to the country's economy and resource base. Councils and government
have had the

imposed governance of these areas in this time and they have failed to protect the
people and environment sufficiently, instead leaving communities subject to company non
-
disclosure (silencing) orders in return for minimal compensation when things go wron
g. We still do
not know the true extent of the damages from this industry as the industry is left to monitor itself in
most instances. Meanwhile at least one local community in a drilling zone has the highest cancer
rate in the country. This is especially
worrying as resources dwindle and extraction techniques
become more and more dangerous.


To the government: we suggest you cease the permitting of petroleum mining and exploration in our
environment. To the regional and district councils: we suggest you ce
ase the granting of resource
consents for those mining activities. To the companies: we suggest you cease exploration, extraction
and investment in drilling in our environment now.


We call on the United Nations to investigate these breaches of human righ
ts and
we call on our
thousands of wh
ā
nau and supporters nationally and internationally to join us

in opposing this
current mass expansion of petroleum exploration.



Witnessed by:


Rangikotuku Rukuwai, Kaitiaki o Toro
ā
nui Marae

Maata Wharehoka, Kaitia
ki o Te Niho o Te Atiawa

Ruakere Hond, Kaikorero o Te Paepae o Te Raukura


[Copied to: the South Taranaki and the New Plymouth District Councils, the local MPs, PKW, TPK,
the Taranaki Iwi Trust, all Taranaki Iwi hapu and/or marae, the Maori Party, the M
ana Party, the Iwi
Chairs Forum and the appropriate Iwi Leadership Groups, and ALL MEDIA]