October 21, 2015
Minister can’t manipulate me – Mutu
Ngati Kahu chair Margaret Mutu has hit back at the Treaty Negotiations Minister ‘s questioning of her runanga’s mandate to settle treaty claims.
Christopher Finlayson says the far north iwi needs to look at changing its leadership so fresh eyes can be brought to its stalled negotiations.
Professor Mutu has chaired the runanga since 2001.
She says Minister Finlayson thinks wrongly that she is the problem, but she is just doing what she is told to by whanau, hapu and marae.
"What Chris Finlayson hates is that he cannot manipulate me in order to dictate to Ngati Kahu what Finlayson wants, in other words he cannot coopt me into being a crown servant or a crown lackey, he has found it impossible and he wants to get rid of me so he can to find a crown lackey who will do what he wants in Ngati Kahu," Professor Mutu says.
She says Mr Finlayson is upset that the runanga has won a court case that means the Waitangi Tribunal has to go back and reconsider whether it should order the Crown to hand over state owned enterprise land in the Ngati Kahu rohe.
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