October 21, 2015
View bleak for Ngati Kahu settlement
A far north claimant says she doesn’t expect her iwi’s claim to be settled in her lifetime because the crown wants to do it cheaply.
Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson has suggested Ngati Kahu members do something about the leadership of their runanga if they want a settlement.
Runanga chair Margaret Mutu says she’s just doing what hapu and marae tell her to do, and the minister has no business interfering in the tribe’s internal structures.
She says the minister is upset because High Court has ordered the Waitangi Tribunal to reconsidering making a binding recommendation.
That will cover state owned enterprise and crown forest land in the rohe, but it won’t be the comprehensive settlement the iwi wants.
"There will not be a full final fair settlement in Ngati Kahu in my lifetime, maybe even in my children's lifetime, because of the way the policy is at the moment. It is designed to rob us yet again and to get us to just go away and cede our mana and rangatiratanga while we're at it. Ngati Kahu won't do that," she says.
Professor Mutu says Ngati Kahu members are now exercising their rangatiratanga by repossessing land.
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