In 1975 the Waitangi Tribunal Act was passed in 1975 in Aotearoa-New Zealand. The Act meant that Maori could claim grievance with the Crown for the loss of their land and seek reparation accordingly. In the Rangitikei district of the North Island district is land called Ohinepuhiawe, the land of noble women, declared by a Tribunal judge to be the “black pearl” of a claim. Sadly, the pearl is being buried by the Waitangi Tribunal. This post charts the process by which the people of Ohinepuhiawe led by Kuia (Elder) Oma Heitia, who is my mother, have been denied the right to be heard not only by the tribunal but also by Te Arawhiti, the Office for Maori Crown Relations, which then makes recommendations to government. The Black Pearl of Ohinepuhiawe