August 21, 2013
National hui chance for progress
Iwi from around the country have been invited to attend the Koroneihana at Tūrangawaewae Marae in Ngāruawahia today to discuss Māori economic development and the Māori position on water rights.
It’s being seen as an attempt to get the water debate back on track after some iwi broke ranks during the debate over the New Zealand Māori Council-led challenge to the sale of shares in Mighty River Power.
Hauraki-Waikato MP Nanaia Mahuta says the annual celebration of the coronation of the Māori king is one of the ways Māoridom is bound together.
"These forums provide genuine opportunities for people not just to network but to have some genuine and frank discussions about what the challenge is. Hui like Ratana, like Waitangi, like the Koroneihana provide a political focus to be able to bring the Crown into centre stage, to see how they are going to alight to the aspirations of Māori and those three hui are national hui where many iwi can bring together their combined effort," Ms Mahuta says.
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