December 11, 2017
Hapu role in settlement up for debate
Tuhoronuku chair Hone Sadler says some Ngapuhi hapu may be settling their expectations too high about the role they will play in settling the northern tribe's claims.
Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little made a whirlwind trip to the rohe over the weekend to hear from hapu, holding six hui over two days.
Mr Sadler says it was a good start, and something his predecessor Christopher Finlayson had failed to do, but it's unlikely any minister would be able to settle with multiple hapu rather than the iwi as a whole.
He says Tuhoronuku supports the rangatiratanga of hapu but not all hapu are at the same stage.
"There are a number of hapu that need to have capacity building if we are to settle as how the crown wants us to settle in terms of the tribunal's statement defining Ngapuhi as its hapu. We haven't been engaged as discrete entities working as hapu for over 100 years so there is a lot of capacity building to be done," Mr Sadler says.
He says the leadership of Tuhoronuku and Te Kotahitanga need to get together to chart a course ahead – something Te Kotahitanga has so far refused to do.
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