July 07, 2016
Iwi chairs consult on strategy
The Iwi Chairs Forum kicks off a round of regional hui in Auckland tonight to update iwi on the major issues it is working on with government.
On the agenda are the reform of Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill, with submissions to the select committee closing next week.
There also the government's three-year work plan to work through issues of allocation, running in parallel with any Waitangi Tribunal hearings, and also concern over the new Marine protected Areas policy and the proposed Kermadecs Ocean Sanctuary.
Facilitator Willie Te Aho says the iwi chairs also want feedback on their approach.
"Because at times it feels we are between a rock and a hard place. Can't please the people we are working with in the crown. Can't please the people we are supposed to be working for, our whanau, hapu and iwi, so we have to reflect on, it's been a decade, are we doing the best thing for our people? How can we do things better," he says.
Tonight's hui starts at 6 at the Auckland international Airport Novotel, followed by a session tomorrow morning at Hopuhopu and in the afternoon at the Ngati Ranginui board room in Tauranga.
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