September 04, 2017
Hapu autonomy vital for Ngapuhi kotahitanga
The chair of Te Kotahitanga o Nga Hapu o Ngapuhi says tribal members have a vision of the future that doesn't include the mandated treaty negotiations body Tuhoronuku.
Pita Tipene says a weekend hui at Otira Marae started off with a lot of tension, as people voiced pent up anger about the lack of progress towards a settlement.
But he says after the blood-letting there was constructive korero about what the tribe needed to move ahead.
"The people enjoyed casting their minds and aspirations for a better and much more cohesive and powerful Ngapuhi tribe based on hapu autonomy and hapu being strong and self reliant in themselves," he says.
Mr Tipene says the hui, which included some members of the Tuhoronuku board, resolved to write to the Prime Minister and Treaty Negotiations Minister saying they wanted to move forward on the pathway recommended in the Maranga Mai report, which would spell the end of Tuhoronuku.
Tuhoronuku chair Hone Sadler says while it was billed as a Ngapuhi hui it was just Te Kotahitanga with a mask, and Mr Tipene should take up the invitation to talk directly to him and Ngapuhi chair Sonny tau.
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