July 31, 2014
No confidence in tribunal process
Ngapuhi Runanga chair Sonny Tau says the iwi won’t get justice through the Waitangi Tribunal, so it must push for what it can get through direct negotiation.
Mr Tau is one of the 22 members appointed to the reconstituted Tuhoronuku, which the crown has recognised as the body it will negotiate with.
Some hapu have objected to the process, and say they want to finish presenting their evidence to the Waitangi and then negotiate a settlement on their own behalf.
Mr Tau says it’s time to get on with it.
"The fight is about taking on the crown for the grievances we have about its breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi. it's not about each other, and we can go ahead and tell our stories to the tribunal until we are blue in the face but at the end of the day the crown doesn't by and large take notice of what the tribunal says. The tribunal is a hearings platform," he says.
Mr Tau says while there is no equity or justice in the treaty settlement process and tribes will never get all land back, they can get some grievances addressed and lay a foundation for the future.
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