September 14, 2015
Fight for wheel as Ngapuhi bus lurches on
There’s wresting for the wheel of the Ngapuhi bus as people try to determine whether a Waitangi Tribunal report is a obstacle to the claim settlement process or if it can be driven over.
The tribunal has criticised the way it says the crown has accepted the mandate of the Tuhoronuku to negotiate a settlement to the tribe’s historic treaty claims, without properly determining whether individual hapu support the Ngapuhi Runanga-backed body.
Rudy Taylor, the co-chair of Te Runanga o Nga Hapu o Ngapuhi, which brought the claim, says it’s been a six-year battle, but the tribunal has upheld the hapu of hapu.
He’s upset at the response of Tuhoronuku’s new chair, Hone Sadler, that the bus is not going to stop.
"Well he better be very clear that he might not be on the bus when it comes to negotiating in terms of hapu so I think at the end of the day Hone needs to think about the report and sit down with the rest of us as Kotahitnga and hopefully we can see a way through this," Mr Taylor says.
He expects a big turn out at next week’s Kotahitanga hui at Mangamuka, where hapu will get a chance to say what they think should happen next.
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