September 27, 2016
Te Kotahitanga seeking confederated settlement
A leading critic of the Ngapuhi claim negotiation process says the money on the table isn't as important as the tribe maintaining its unique character.
Te Taitokerau MP Kelvin Davis says every month of delay is another million dollars in lost interest on the eventual settlement, and it's time for mandated body Tuhoronuku and its opponents in Te Kotahitanga o Nga Hapu, Ngapuhi to put aside their differences and work together.
But Te Kotahitanga chair Pita Tipene says there while should have been a more collaborative approach from day but were also fundamental differences in approach.
"We all know that Ngapuhi is a confederation of hapu and we've persisted in a settlement that would reflect that so with the money being put up and saying we are missing out on revenue for our people, that is certainly true, but we didn't want it at the expense of being socially reengineered," he says.
Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson is considering the steps needed to bring Tuhoronuku and Te Kotahitanga together under the model proposed in the Maranga Mai report.
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