October 21, 2016
Return to Rereahu what belongs to Rereahu
Maniapoto Maori Trust Board is in the final days of voting to get a mandate to negotiate a fast track settlement for the King Country tribe’s historical grievances, but it is facing strong opposition.
Ngati Rereahu is objecting to being named as a hapu, and wants to negotiate its own settlement
Spokesperson Glen Katu says Rereahu was Maniapoto’s father, and he left the iwi all the land in its rohe around Bennydale and Pureora.
"Therefore all the crown surplus land left in the Rereahu region should be returned to Rereahu and what the Maniapoto Maori Trust Board has said is that, it would be unfair for the land and the various hapu and iwi in the rohe to go back to the hapu and iwi, should go back into a pot, for everybody," says Glen Katu, the project manager for Te Maru o Rereahu Iwi Trust (TMoRIT).
There is also a challenge from board member Rongo Wetere, who wants members to reject the negotiation process and take the New Zealand and British crown to court.
Voting closes next Friday October 28.
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