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Local leadership required

Letter

Re: Govt backs Coast port, September 12 article.

Te Rimu Trust represents local Te Araroa hapu and did the port feasibility quoted in your article. Benefits identified in the feasibility include less carbon emissions, reduced road accidents, improved SH35, more local jobs and more local GDP. Great to see Treasury's financial endorsement.

These benefits demand local leadership. None better than a quote from our ancestress Tamateaupoko: “Tera nga wai o Ruawaipu e ngau mai ra ki uta”, where she urged her warrior sons to show leadership and take back the benefits of living on their home land at Te Araroa.

Tiwana Ohorere Tibble FCA, Henderson