September 20, 2016
Tuhoronuku fights for unified settlement
The leadership of Tuhoronuku is fighting an attempt to cut it out of negotiating a treaty claim settlement for Ngapuhi.
A faction on the board has asked Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson to withdraw Tuhoronuku's mandate becasue it wouldn't endorse the Maranga Mai report, which would give equal status to its Te Kotahitanga opponents.
But in an open letter to Ngapuhi members, Tuhoronuku chair Hone Sadler says while it is positive towards working more closely with Te Kotahitanga, the board cannot agree with all the Maranga Mai recommendations.
It still needs to consider the status of urban Maori representation on any mandated Ngapuhi settlement body, as well as representation for kaumatua and kuia.
It is also committed to a unified Ngapuhi settlement.
Maranga Mai is seen in some quarters as opening the door to hapu-based settlements.
Mr Sadler says it is not for the Waitangi Tribunal or the Crown to dictate to Ngapuhi what its priorities should be.
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