July 29, 2015
Optimism of Ngati Maru Treaty settlement
Taranaki's smallest iwi Ngati Maru is confident its on the right path for a Treaty settlement.
Te Runanga o Ngati Maru (Taranaki) Trust chairman Holden Hohaia says a series of hui are being held next month seeking a mandate from the people so the the Trust can start discussions with the Crown.
While around a thousand uri have registered Mr Hohaia says there are probably about 10-thousand people who whakapapa to the iwi and its important to get them on the tribal register.
Mr Hohaia says getting a mandate for the last of the eight Taranaki iwi to settle, is the first step and then the people can decide who they actually want to represents them.
He says the people now seem ready to move forward after a number of setbacks.
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