August 11, 2016
Call out for Ngapuhi to unite
The chair of Ngapuhi negotiating body Tuhoronuku says discussion needs to continue on how members of the tribe living in the cities can take part in the treaty settlement process.
Tuhoronuku has released the completed version of its Maranga Mai report, which is supposed to be a blueprint for how the negotiations will be managed.
The report is in response to agitation from opponents under the banner of Te Kotahitanga o Nga Hapu Ngapuhi and to a Waitangi Tribunal report that said hapu needed a greater say in the settlement.
Hone Sadler says the rangatiratanga of hapu has always been part of the mandate.
He says what Te Kotahitanga thinks of the report isn’t as important as what the hapu think.
"If we are going to give intent to what we're saying then we need to be strengthening the voice of our hapu because that has been the catch cry. Hapu need to have their rangatiratanga so we need to strengthen rangatiratanga of these hapu rather than with these entities," he says.
Hone Sadler says improving the organisation's communications is the key to prgress.
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