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Kia ora koutou e te Whanau,

Our old people always questioned “What happened to our ‘Blue Water Title’ and how do we get it back?” This is our opportunity Whanau.

The Marine and Coastal (Takutai Moana) Area (MACA) Act 2011 hearings for East Coast Wairarapa Stage 1B Hearing will commence at 10am in the Wellington High Court, 2 Molesworth St, Pipitea, Wellington 6011, on Monday 19th February 2024 and will be ongoing for at least 4 weeks.

An application was filed by the Pāpāuma Marae Trustees on behalf of the original owners of Mataikona 1, 2 and 3 Blocks and their descendants for recognition orders regarding; the Customary Marine Title (CMT) and Protected Customary Rights (PCR) pursuant to the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011.

Pāpāuma Marae Trustees are established under the Proprietors of Owāhanga Station T/A Aohanga Incorporation. The Committee of Management in their dual role are also the Marae Trustees of Pāpāuma Marae, including Pāpāuma Tipuna Whare and Te Aroha o Aohanga.

The area to which this application relates to is the common marine and coastal area contiguous, adjoining and abutting the Mataikona 1, 2 and 3 Blocks, which extends from the landward boundary of the mean high-water spring and the seaward boundary being the outer limits of the territorial sea (12 nautical miles from shore).

We believe, we are the only entity who should be granted Customary Marine Title (CMT), over and above everyone else, on behalf of the original owners of Mataikona 1, 2 and 3 Blocks and their descendants.

Pāpāuma Marae Trustees evidence is scheduled for Monday 4th March 2024 but is subject to change depending on cross examination of previous applicant’s evidence.

Appearing for the Pāpāuma Marae Trustees:

  • Demetrius Potangaroa (Claimant)
  • Meri Tipene – Walker
  • Wright Broughton
  • Cheryl – Anne Kurei
  • Bruce Stirling (Historian)
  • Robin Potangaroa

A site tour is also part of the schedule. Dates of the site tours are yet to be confirmed. We will attempt to keep you updated as the hearings progress.

Pāpāuma Marae Trustees welcome Whanau support and attendance at the hearings.

Nāku noa, nā

Pāpāuma Marae Trustees

Whāia te iti kahurangi, ki te tūohu koe, me he maunga teitei.


The zoom link below allows viewing of the hearings if Whanau are unable to attend in person. This joins observers to the audio and video only and is not interactive.

There was an issue with the link on Monday 19th February 2024 which has now been amended below. The hearings have been adjourned until Wednesday 21st February 2024 at 10am.


Desktop Computer or Mobile Device: Connecting to VMR Multi 405, allocated to MACA.

Observers: (Public, Media)
Meeting ID: 843267
Pin: 55869