July 30, 2014
Strong team for Tuhoronuku
The people who will be responsible for negotiating a settlement of historic claims in Northland have been named.
Some of the members elected to the reconstituted Tuhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority could face legal challenges from hapu who want to negotiate their own settlement.
Acting chair Sonny Tau has a place as the representative of Te Runanga a iwi o Ngapuhi, which set up the body.
Nora Rameka, whose Ngati Rehia hapu dropped its opposition to Tuhoronuku in May after achieving many of the changes it was seeking, has been named kuia representative, and John Klaricich will represent kaumatua.
The four urban representatives are Hone Sadler, Tina Barclay, Anne Phillips and Erin Shanks.
There are also 15 hapu representatives.
Lawyer Mere Mangu, whose nomination was opposed by the Ngati Hine Runanga, will represent Te Pewhairangi along with Kara George and Te Huranga Hohaia.
Another lawyer, Moana Tuwhare, who is prominent in Te Paparahi o Te Raki claims before the Waitangi Tribunal, is one of the three representatives for Kaikohe-Waimate-Taiamai, along with Sam Napia and Toko Tahere.
Hokianga members are Janett Helene Leaf, Te Tuhi Robust and Cheryl Turner, while Whangaroa hapu picked William Hori, Daniel Kaio and Jason Lovell to represent their interests.
Whangarei ki Mangakahia will be represented by Janelle Beazley, Vivienne Bristowe and Tame Te Rangi.
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