today a judicial review began to consider if a permit grantedto petrobras is valid. greenpeace and te whanau-a-apanuiquestions the government’s action of granting the oil explorationpermit to petrobras. peata melbourne reports. under the mineralsprogramme for petroleum, the minister, gerry brownlee, was required to regardnz international laws and the principles of tow.
however, his views differ. the crown admits there are gapsin the current legislation around the effects that petroleumand mining have on the environment. however, the crown says the grant of permit to petrobraswas legitimate. in court, brownlee’s actionswere further questioned around his consultationwith te whanau-a-apanui and his failure to activelyprotect the treaty. so the question is
if the minister consideredhis obligations to the treaty and international law as irrelevant. the crown will givetheir case tomorrow, and a decision is expectedin the next few months. peata melbourne, te karere. joining us live from wellingtonto talk more on this topic is te whanau-a-apanui spokespersonrikirangi gage. tena koe, rikirangi. what are you trying to achievethrough the courts?
under the judicial review,the law will be judged by the law. the courts will reviewwhether the minister has gone throughproper legal proceedings. we’re saying he hasn’t. this issue, are there somete whanau-a-apanui who are in support of petrobras?or does everyone oppose? it’s like this -the hapu do not agree. but some say that if there is oil, there are employmentoptions for locals.
that’s just talkflying around. so you don’t thinkte whanau-a-apanui will gain employment? finding employment isn’tthe important issue here. looking after the environment is,holding autonomy is. that’s what we’re focused on.following that is everything else. but our main focusis the environment; protecting the sacred legacyour ancestors passed on to us. has the government disclosedwhat petrobras will be doing?
only that they’re goingforward with it. but what we want is for themto come over and talk face to face as equals, not as if we’re attheir beck and call. what we want is to speakon even terms, face to face, so they hear what we have to say. if the courts don’trule in your favour, what will te whanau-a-apanui do? we’ll still fight.
we won’t bow down.not for something like this. rikirangi gage,thank you for joining us.