June 27, 2013
Crown sets timetable for Tūhoronuku mandate
The Government intends to advertise the amended mandate for Tuhoronuku, the body that wants to negotiate Ngapuhi treaty claims.
The plan for direct negotiations has created a rift between the Ngapuhi Rūnanga, which set up Tuhoronuku, and Te Kotahitanga, which represents hapū who want to complete Waitangi Tribunal hearings before entering talks.
A vote of members found majority support for Tuhoronuku, but the Crown has delayed accepting the mandate because of the vehemence of the opposition.
Now in a memorandum to the Waitangi Tribunal, it says the mandate will be advertised in early July, with submissions closing mid-August.
If ministers decide to accept the mandate, elections will be held between October and December, and the Crown will then enter discussions with the aim of signing a terms of negotiation in the first quarter of 2014.
Tuhoronuku interim Chair Sonny Tau says it’s a significant milestone in Ngapuhi’s quest for utu against the Crown.
Te rōpū ō Tūhoronuku
E mea ana te Kāwanatanga kia tāpae whakaaro mai te iwi ō Ngāpuhi e pā ana ki te rōpū Tūhoronuku.
Hei te marama ō Here-turi-kōkā te wā tāpae whakaaro mutu ai.
I tōhua ā Tūhoronuku, he rōpū i whakatūria ai e te Rūnanga ō Ngāpuhi, hei kaikōkiri i ngā tono tiriti ā Ngāpuhi, engari, kua tino tū te puehu i waenganui i ā Tūhoronuku mē Te Kotahitanga, te rōpū e waha ana i ngā wawatā ō ngā hapū.
Hei tā te Kāwanatanga, ki te tautoko ngā tāpae whakaaro i ā Tūhoronuku, ka timata rātou ko Tūhoronuku ki te whiriwhiri i te tono ā Ngāpuhi, hei te mutunga ō te tau e tū mai nei.
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