July 21, 2017
Fair and equitable end for Ngatiwai
Ngatiwai is urging the Crown for a fair and equitable resolution to end it's decades old Treaty Claim.
Ngatiwai is now having to battle a cross claim on parts of its area, notably the iconic isolated but popular tourist destination of Aotea or Great Barrier Island.
Pare Hauraki from the Coromandel Pennisula has claimed a customary interest in Aotea and the Ngatiwai chair Haydn Edmonds says tupuna rangatira Witi McMath and Whetu McGregor who worked with the Crown to identify customary claims over the area have both since passed away.
Haydn Edmonds says the Crown in allowing Pare Hauraki to argue a case of overlapping interest negates all of the hard work done by their tupuna
."The fact that the Minister hasn't taken in to consideration Witi McMath who was a chair for Ngatiwai for many years and Whetu McGregor who comes from Great Barrier. And they had lengthy discussions over that and then over on top of that to appear to step on the customary rights of Ngatiwai is not on," he says.
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