The evolving media coverage of the protest at Ihumātao tells an interesting story.

As those backing the protest group Soul (Save Our Unique Landscape) prepare for a third week of occupation, negotiations involving interested parties continue.

King Tūheitia's visit to the disputed site at the weekend was a significant achievement for Soul. Until then, the group's objections to the planned Fletcher housing development had not been publicly acknowledged by the Kingitanga — despite its location on the northern edge of the Waikato-Tainui rohe.


Pania Newton, who is the main spokeswoman for Soul, summed up the importance of Saturday's visit.