March 11, 2014
Rangitihi leaders keen to settle
The chair of Te Mana o Ngati Rangitihi says it’s time to complete the eastern Bay of Plenty iwi’s historic treaty settlement.
Te Mana is holding hui around the country this month about securing the mandate to negotiate with the crown on behalf of the iwi.
Graham Pryor says his organisation has gained considerable experience since it was set up to hold the iwi’s share of assets that came over as part of the Central North Island Forestry Settlement.
"It’s been five years since the settlement with CNI and I think that’s enough time for us to bed our organisation in. I think we’re in a fortunate position of having had that period to bed things down and get on with the business of settling with the crown so we can move on as an iwi. I think it holds us back in some ways, waiting to settle things with the Crown," he says.
Te Mana o Ngati Rangitihi holds a mandating hui in Christchurch tonight and the final hui in Matata on Sunday.
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