December 19, 2016
Sovereignty high on claimant agenda
Make haste slowly is the message Ngapuhi people are giving Te Kotahitanga o Nga Hapu, Ngapuhi as it seeks a greater role in the tribe’s treaty negotiations.
Co-chair Pita Tipene is confident the intervention of Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson means they can get on with the transition from the Tuhoronuku mandate to the new Maranga Mai model of breaking the claim into sub-regional hapu clusters.
Mr Finlayson met separately with Te Kotahitanga and Tuhoronuku in Auckland on Friday and got them to agree to come together at a hui he will chair early in the New Year.
Mr Tipene told Radio Waatea host Willie Jackson people are clear what they want out of the talks.
"They’re always saying, 'kia tupato' on this point and when I say 'kia tupato', the big issues are always around sovereignty. Hapu sovereignty, Whakaputanga the Declaration of Independence and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. While we're after settling the 360 claims in Ngapuhi, the sovereignty question is always paramount, he says.
Pita Tipene says the future of the claim is in the Maranga Mai approach.
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