April 23, 2018
New thinking needed to share treaty asset base
Urban Maori advocate John Tamihere says post-settlement iwi risk being taken to court unless they find ways to share the benefits of settlement with all their members.
The Te Whanau o Waipareira chief executive says it is becoming apparent that those well connected with the tribal cheque book are getting a better deal.
While tikanga Maori does acknowledge there needs to be consideration for those who keep the home fires burning, it's not the whole story.
He says treaty settlements are not like land, where assests are closely held in family groups.
"You can't transfer and mistakenly transfer that debate across to treaty assets which are controlled by the same folks because it is a totally different asset base. A lanmd asset base that is being retained for us, that's cool. The new asset bases, that is one man one vote," Mr Tamihere says.
He says iwi leaders can prattle about their balance sheets, but it means nothing to Maori on the streets of Auckland.
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