September 20, 2016
Time up for Tuhoronuku says Napia
A Tuhoronuku board member says the Ngapuhi claim negotiating body has no intention of implementing the Maranga Mai report and needs to be shut down.
Sam Napia and fellow board member Moana Tuwhare wrote to Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson at the weekend calling on him to withdraw Tuhoronuku’s mandate.
They want him to set up a group that would manage the transition to a completely hapu-driven structure recommended.
Mr Napia says Maranga Mai came out of seven months of consultation, and represents the views of a majority of the iwi.
That’s why he backed a motion to set up a transition team of three Tuhoronuku trustees¦ including Ms Tuwhare and three from opponents Te Kotahitanga.
"That group would go out and implement the Maranga Mai report, oversee the establishment of Te Hononga Iti, and it is not for met to say who should be the trustees of Te Hononga Iti but those people are out there, people who are committed to seeing that the Ngapuhi settlement gets over the line," Mr Napia says.
That motion failed to get the 75 percent support it needed, triggering concern Ngapuhi would drop to the back of the queue for negotiations.
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