February 13, 2014
Confused messages on Northland claim funding
The Waitangi Tribunal is to ask the Crown Forestry Rental Trust for clarity over funding for future hearings in the Northland Te Paparahi o Te Raki inquiry.
Inquiry panel head Judge Craig Coxhead told the hearing in Albany yesterday that tribunal staff had got two different stories from different staff at the CFRT this week, so he would formally ask for an update.
Funding has been affected by a dispute within the trust over whether it was sticking to its trust deed in the way it was managing Northland claims.
It has now gone back to a system of funding approved clients, but no client has so far been approved for the next hearing in Hokianga in April.
The issue was on the trust’s agenda for this week, but trust chair Angela Foulkes cancelled the meeting because she would not accept a decision by the Maori appointors, representing the New Zealand Maori Council and the Federation of Maori Authorities, to replace one of the three Maori trustees.
This week the tribunal heard evidence on the Crown’s land buying activities on Auckland’s North Shore and up to Mangawhai, which rendered hapu landless within a few years of the treaty being signed.
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