September 19, 2016
Tuhoronuku fragments after split vote
Tuhoronuku trustees Moana Tuwhare and Sam Napia have pleaded with Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson to cancel the organisation’s mandate to negotiate Ngapuhi’s treaty claims.
They say last week’s 11-10 vote against adopting the Maranga Mai report shows its recommendations won’t be implemented under the current structure.
They want the Office of Treaty Settlements to work with them to transfer the mandate.
Maranga Mai, which was written by a working group drawn from Tuhoronuku, its Te Kotahitanga opponents and the OTS, proposed a new structure which would give hapu control of the negotiations through an as yet undefined process.
Mr Finlayson told Tuhoronuku in August the Maranga Mai recommendations are acceptable to the crown and urged it to adopt them or lose its mandate and its funding.
He said a decision would be made on September 20.
A spokesperson says that letter still stands.
Mr Napia and Ms Tuwhare briefly served as acting chair and deputy chair of Tuhoronuku when Sonny Tau was forced to step down after his arrest for shooting kukupa
In their letter sent at the weekend they say the majority on the Tuhoronuku board have no intention of empowering hapu.
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