ubergeeknz: Also, people don't have the right to not be offended. If they think so then it's them with the problem.
The majority of posters to this thread appear to be mortally offended by only one iwi being mildly offended by one particular Christian recreational group. So I'm not sure where that leaves your argument.
bfginger: But I don't see how jumping on a trampoline in sight of a peak is insensitive to the mountain's mana. Auckland would be full of insults to its volcanic cones.
DOC are charged with managing the resources of the park area. This includes archeological resources and sites of significance to local iwi. DOC does this in cooperation with local iwi. Some of these sites are inappropriate for the performance of some types of recreational activity because their traditional use is quite different or considered sacred for a particular purpose. I realise this is easy to make fun of but have a think about it.
In this instance as far as I can tell there has been no suggestion the group was in an area of this nature and as far as I know there has been no problem raised in a specific sense with the mana of the mountain in relation to this particular activity in that particular place.
Here is the problem: If the group had consulted DOC my guess is DOC would have asked specifically where they planned to do the activity and the group would have said 'somewhere round area x approx on the plain'. DOC would have consulted their maps and made a call to the iwi trust to confirm. If the group planned to be near a sensitive area they would have been asked to move a bit to the left or something and that would have been the end of it. It looks to me like the iwi trust are upset this process did not take place after previously having contact with the group and receiving an apology after the last incident.