March 30, 2017
Lack of principles in Tuhoronuku stoush
A former deputy chair of Ngapuhi claim negotiation body Tuhoronuku says it’s time to clear out the leadership and move to a new structure.
Sam Napia quit Tuhoronuku when it refused to unconditionally endorse the Maranga Mai report which recommended it be merged into a new body incorporating critics who want hapu to drive the settlement process.
Tuhoronuku has suggested amendments, and Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson says there is now no hope of an agreement in principle before September’s election.
Mr Napia says it does come down to principles and personalities.
"The Tuhoronuku leadership lacks virtuous principles, because the principles of personal gain and personal prestige are not virtuous principles, and the Tuhoronuku leadership has that in spades," he says.
Mr Napia says every month of delay means millions of dollars in lost opportunities for Ngapuhi.
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