October 25, 2012
Tuhoronuku process ok with changes
There are signs of movement in negotiating a settlement to historical claims in Northland, with Ngapuhi factions finally came together in the office of the treaty negotiations minister this week.
Minister Chris Finlayson has told the groups he would be prepared to negotiate with the Tuhoronuku group set up by Te Rūnanga ō Ngapuhi, as long as some recommendations suggested by facilitator Tukoroirangi Morgan are adopted.
These include holding new elections for Tuhoronuku members once its mandate is accepted, having a more transparent voting process, and splitting it from the runanga to become a standalone body.
He says it was clear from the fierce opposition during last year’s mandating process that many of the hapū represented by the opposing group, Te Kotahitanga, feel swamped by the runanga.
The groups have gone away to discuss the issue further.
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