Tamariki present 26,000-strong petition calling for Jacinda Ardern to visit Ihumātao

A group of children hand-delivered a 26,000-strong petition to representatives at Jacinda Ardern's electorate office in Auckland today, calling for her to visit the disputed Ihumātao site in the city's south.

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The petition is demanding the Prime Minister visit the Ihumātao site in South Auckland Source: 1 NEWS

At the heart of the issue is a housing development set to be built by construction company Fletcher Building on sacred Māori land.

A petition calling for the Prime Minister visit Ihumātao was hand-delivered just before 3.00pm today by a small group of tamariki.

The hīkoi left Ihumātao at 8am.

The group of about 200 people then travelled through Mangere Bridge School, Onehunga Bay, the Dominion Road overbridge/Puketapapa, Sandringham shopping centre and St Luke's shopping centre.

The hīkoi finished at Ms Ardern's Mt Albert electorate office with a waiata and a verbal invitation for Ms Ardern to visit the site so she can "feel the love."