July 22, 2016
Goodwill needed to bridge urban-iwi divide
The MP with the largest urban Maori population has welcomed a court judgment on a trust which was supposed to give Maori in cities some return from the Maori fisheries settlement.
The High Court found directors of Te Putea Whakatupu must all have some connection to urban Maori, rather that being stacked to favour iwi interests as has been the case over the past decade.
Tamaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare says the relationship between iwi and urban Maori has been a source of tension for too long, and it needs to reflect the reality of where the majority of Maori now live.
"What I’ve always said to many iwi and hapu out there is, what's the hapu plan to engage with their people in Tamaki Makaurau. To date I haven't heard any solid plan come from any hapu. The other side of the coin is, those of us in Tamaki Makaurau might need to make more of an effort just to get home a bit more. You know, don't come back as a tupapaku," he says.
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