December 09, 2012
Tainui sets aside divisions
Waikato-Tainui’s parliament has voted to open negotiations with the crown about topping up its treaty settlement.
The Government has admitted the cost settlements so far has passed $1 billion which means a relativity clause guaranteeing Tainui 17 percent of the total kicks in.
It has indicated $70 million is owned.
But Te Kauhanganui Acting Chair Greg Miller says the Crown has been fudging the figures to keep under the $1 billion cap, so the iwi will be pushing for full accounting.
At its annual meeting on Saturday, Te Kauhanganui deferred until February discussion on a motion to change the members of its executive board.
That took away some of the heat that has characterised recent meetings.
Mr Miller says former chair Tania Martin, who was stripped of her position last month for bringing the tribe into disrepute, tried to take part in the hui but a majority of the marae present voted to exclude her.
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