Reuben and Heeni spearheaded the #StopStatoil and #NoTPPA campaigns in Northland and around the country. They are active at the Waitangi commemorations each year supporting the annual hikoi from Te Reinga and help facililate the forum tent at Te Tii Marae, Waitangi.
They were successful.
Rueben and Heeni believe governing bodies needs to be held accountable. This country is not their personal asset to spend and use as they choose. We need principles to be brought back if we want a stable future as a legacy to pass on to our next generation.
Rueben and Heeni are proven practice kaitiakitanga (guardianship) ensuring their tamariki (children) and whanau/family retain a link to the land and sea through land occupation, gardening, fishing and continuing to love the natural environment
“We have asked the government to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi @1840), discontinue exploration for and mining of our local seabed and foreshore, scrap the Trans Pacific ‘partnership’ and to declare Taitokerau a priority for dry, warm and safe housing.” – Heeni
“The whanau have the mana over the land… not the organisations. We built this so we could stop the ‘can we/can’t we’ korero. We’ve done it. We’re sitting here in it today.” ~ Rueben
“I don’t want iwi leaders and runanga profiting further. We need to work together and plan together. Whanau could create employment for themselves in Te Tai Tokerau…” – Heeni.