Ngati Ruapani ki Waikaremoana closed state highway 38 between Onepoto and Hopuruahine. The purpose of the closure for Ngati Ruapani is to protest the Tuhoe treaty settlement.

Ngati Ruapani are mostly aggrieved they won’t have representatives on the Te Urewera governance board, it will have the say on the forest and its fauna and flora.

The mana is theirs yet they will not have a say on their interests and resources, according to Ngati Ruapani spokesperson Vern Winitana.

The road closure will also go into tomorrow, highway 38 feeds from Wairoa through Te Urewera Forest, Tuai, Waikaremoana, Ruatahuna to Murupara while Minginui is an off shoot further inland.

No tenei rangi tonu i aukatia e Ngati Ruapani ki Waikaremoana te huarahi matua – toru tekau ma waru i waenganui i nga wahi o Onepoto me Hopuruahine. He kaupapa ma Ngati Ruapani e totohe ana i te whakataunga tiriti o Tuhoe – e manawapa ana me kore a Ngati Ruapani e whiwhi turanga i runga i te Ropu Kaitiaki Te Urewera – ko ia e whakahaere ana i nga nekenekehanga o Te Urewera – tona ngaherehere me ona whai tua oranga. Nona te mana whenua, te mana tangata no reira kei hea ona wahi ringaringa hei whakaora i a Ngati Ruapani -nga korero a te mangai o Ngati Ruapani a Vern Winitana. Ka purukati te huarahi toru tekau ma waru apopo hoki – tera huarahi matua e takoto papa ana i Te Wairoa ki Murupara ara hoki nga wahi kei roto tonu i Te Urewera ko Tuai, Waikaremoana me Ruatahuna peka atu rano ki Minginui ki tuawhenua.