September 09, 2012
Truth and frankness the recipe for good faith talks
The lead Crown negotiator for the Tamaki Makaurau Collective Settlement says claimants were free to put anything on the table.
Michael Dreaver says good faith negotiating means telling the truth and not trying to pretend things are better or worse than they are.
“Nothing’s off the table for discussion. We won’t shy from the hard issues at the negotiating table, and I won’t shy from the debates with my colleagues and with ministers. Iwi negotiators have been welcome to raise any and all issues they want at the table. Finally, I told myself that I would do my best to find areas at all times where the claimants’ interests and the Crown’s interests might come together,” he says.
Mr Dreaver says he is proud of the settlement, and also aware that it will be scrutinised closely by the generations to come.