March 11, 2014
New HQ marks fresh start for Tuhoe
Tuhoe leader Tamati Kruger says it’s time for the tribe to pick up its settlement and move on.
Tuhoe opened its new headquarters and tribal complex at Taneatua over the weekend, and the bill legislating its treaty settlement is wending through parliament.
Mr Kruger says while there is still opposition from some quarters, if people thought about how their actions might look in 50 years time they might reconsider.
He says the treaty settlements process is always rough.
"It will never ever produce forgiveness. It will never ever produce justice and a fair return or fair compensation of any kind. What do you and I do? Shall we wait for another time, another 100 years for a more favourable government or change of process? There is not another shop down the road that will give us a bit of a start in changing things, in catching up," Mr Kruger says.
Tuhoe has to move beyond the effects of colonisation, which include feelings of anger, disappointment, disunity and not having a future.
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