January 09, 2013
Tūhoe deal undercuts other Urewera claimants
A Waikaremoana-based iwi is warning that the Crown’s proposed settlement with Tūhoe needs to accommodate other iwi who had land taken for Te Urewera National Park.
The Tūhoe deal includes saying that neither Crown nor Tūhoe own the land, but it will be governed by a new body chaired by Tūhoe.
Vern Winitana from Ngāti Ruapani says there are several tribes other than Tūhoe who are waiting to negotiate their claims over parts of the park.
He says Ruapani has various actions before the Waitangi Tribunal, the High Court and the Supreme Court to uphold its rights.
Waters from the lake are also used for hydro power by Genesis Energy, so the outcome of the New Zealand Māori Council case against the sale of shares in the state-owned power generators will also be relevant.
Mr Winitana says there will be hui over the next couple of months to update Ngāti Ruapani descendants on what is happening and confirm the mandate of the negotiators.
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