April 04, 2016
Tuhoronuku name to go for unity
The co-chair of Te Kotahitanga o Nga Hapu o Ngapuhi, Rudy Taylor, says the Maranga Mai report offers a path ahead of unity for the tribe's treaty settlement negotiations.
The draft report is out for consultation.
It will be finalised next month and sent to Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson, who will decide if talks can be reopened with fresh negotiators chosen by a new hapu-driven process.
Over the past four months representatives from Te Kotahitanga, Tuhoronuku, and crown officials have been working through the implications of a Waitangi Tribunal which found the way Tuhoronuku was given the mandate to negotiate on the tribe's behalf failed to uphold the rights of the subtribes.
Mr Taylor says there's a mood for change.
"No disrespect but I think we all agred the Tuhoronuku name will go. People around the table said there is too much damage so let's look for another name. We haven't come up with any names for it but we have come to agreement it's time to move on, it's time to generate a new structure that will work for everyone," he says.
The emphasis is on strengthening hapu and whanau in the process, so the seats for urban reps will go.
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