April 20, 2015
Tuhoronuku seeks to fill empty seats
Tuhoronuku is reopening elections for all hapu who do not have a mandated Hapu Kaikorero.
Dissent in some hapu about whether the body is the proper vehicle to negotiate a settlement of Ngapuhi's historic claims means some positions remain unfilled.
There is continuing opposition from within the biggest hapu, Ngati Hine, and some Hokainga hapu who are awaiting a Waitangi Tribunal finding on whether the crown was right to give the Ngapuhi Runanga-backed body the mandate to negotiate.
Meanwhile Tuhoronuku says it is gathering the information it needs before it is ready to talk to the crown.
Its historians will meet hapu as they prepare maps and casebooks.
The negotiators, Alison Thom, Hemi Toia and Joe Davis, have already met hapu kaikorero from each of the five Te Whare Tapu o Ngapuhi regions, Hokianga, Whangaroa, Te Pewhairangi, Kaikohe-Waimate-Taiamai and Whangarei ki Mangakahia.
They will now hold hui to get an understanding of hapu priorities for the settlement negotiation process.
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