November 01, 2017
Ngatiwai pledges more consultation over bad mandate
The Ngatiwai Maori Trust Board is looking at the changes it needs to make to confirm its mandate to negotiate the Northland tribe’s historical claims.
The Waitangi Tribunal has found the mandate was unsatisfactory and incomplete, and recommended changes to acknowledge the interests of hapu.
Ngati Wai chair Haydn Edmonds says the tribunal has not found the mandate should be removed from the board, but its report confirms a new understanding of the role of hapu in settlements.
The board will take some time to share the report with its members and develop a response, but what’s important is maintaining the unity of the tribe.
"We’ve talked in the past about how we might address overlapping claims. I would have to think Ngatiwai is going to enter an overlapping claim against itself. We are required to talk to our whanau and our hapu as well. I'm welcoming the process," Mr Edmonds says.
He says it’s up to the crown to make the changes it needs to its process to get negotiations back on track.
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