Tue, 17 Jul 2012 6:10p.m.
The Maori family at the centre of a body-snatching case say even if the Supreme Court rules against them, returning the remains of James Takamore may not be possible.
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21/11/2012 6:23:05 p.m.
I have an aunty who is buried in the same urupa as James Takamore (who is buried next to his dad). My Aunty as well as myself do not whakapapa (come from) the Kutarere area. But, Aunty is buried next to my Uncle who does. This is the place where Aunty wanted to be buried, this was her wish and my Whanau made it so. Here is my point, what if the Whanau from where we come from showed up at the tangi and said no, she will be buried back home. Who would have the right then?. It didn't happen of course, probably because there would have been a hell of a fight. But, what if?. My Aunty is buried next to my Uncle because that is where she wanted to be buried. Where did James Takamore want to be buried?, and is it too late to move him now?.
18/07/2012 1:42:54 p.m.
people arnt leaving the country because maori are expressing some of there more controversial customs kevin. I agree with the courts decision that the body should be returned, but it is also worth aknoledging that maori customary law and tradition almost always lose out to common/statutory law whos legitimacy is questionable. as for making you angry as a "New Zealander" maybe you need to re-evaluate who were the first to live in NZ were, understand there customs and cultures and then think about your circumstances and you and your families relationship with Aotearoa.
17/07/2012 9:50:13 p.m.
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