September 12, 2012
Tuhoe talks early with local bodies on claim work
Tuhoe’s lead negotiator says the iwi has worked hard to get buy in from local government and community stakeholders to its historic claim settlement.
The deal proposes Te Urewera National Park be made a separate legal entity governed jointly by Ngai Tuhoe and the Crown.
Redress, including Tuhoe’s share of the central North Island forestry deal, totals $170 million.
Tamati Kruger says the territorial local authorities in the Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay were brought in early.
“That’s quite unusual. In most negotiations they are an afterthought. Discussions have been between iwi and the Crown, they do the deal, and iwi find themselves having to go through a raft of agreements and negotiations with local authorities who at that stage pretty much feel they are an add on and lots of deals have come undone because they cannot be implemented at a local level,” he says.
Tuhoe will work with government agencies on a series of five year plans to develop its own health, welfare, education and economic development services.