Ihumatao Pacific News Minute: Polynesian 'Protectors' Block Access To Construction Site . . . In New Zealand By Neal Conan • Jul 31, 2019 Charlie Brewer / CC BY-SA 2.0 / Flickr Near Aukland airport, on the Northern Island of New Zealand, Maori protesters are blocking access to a construction site to protect what they regard as sacred land. The stand-off bears some similarities to the confrontation at Mauna Kea.