December 20, 2017
Tikanga cuts through Moehau muddle
Marutuahu chair Paul Majurey says an agreement reached with Te Arawa over land on Mount Moehau is an example of tikanga in action.
The kawenata signed this week confirms the Hauraki Collective settlement will not affect access to or ownership of Moehau 10, a 60 hectare block at the tihi of the maunga held in the name of the tupuna Marutuahu in trust for his descendants and those of Te Arawa.
Mr Majurey says the issues were worked through in a respectful way by elders away from the cameras.
He says much has been made of tikanga as the basis for another agreement signed last week between Ngati Paoa and two Tauranga Moana tribes but that won't change the collective settlement Ngati Paoa is part of.
"Important to us in our tikanga is honouring agreements, so that what was so special for us with Te Arawa. We'd reached agreements over Moehau, they wanted us to respect those, they weren't trying to change our treaty settlement and so too we want to move on with our interests in Tauranga Moana. They're clearly there. They have been recognised by the Waitangi Tribunal, by the crown in our settlement and by Tauranga Moana themselves. They reached agreements with us and they can't turn their back on those," Mr Majurey says.
He says the Hauraki Collective Settlement is now just awaiting a signature from the new Government.
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