May 29, 2018
Pressure on for Hauraki tikanga agreement
Maori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta says a stay on signing the Pare Hauraki deed of settlement is not indefinite, and the iwi involved will need to find ways to work together.
Treaty Negotiaitons Minister Andrew Little has paused the process to allow Hauraki and Tauranga iwi to explore what is being called a tikanga-based process.
Ms Mahuta has offered to facilitate a hui between Hauraki and Tauranga Moana kaumatua.
She says traditional relationships need to be restored, as iwi need cooperation, collaboration and economic partnerships to thrive in will survive in a post-settlement environment.
"If a tikanga opportunity exists which recognises and respects each other’s tikanga interests between Hauraki and Tauranga Moana then that is a good thing because the bigger conversation among tribes that haves settled and particularly along the border is what are they going to do to get the huge growth in Tauranga, potential opportunities in the Hauraki area leading into Auckland and let’s face it, everyone needs to find a way to work together,” she says.
Nanaia Mahuta says some of what has been said, especially on social media, is extreme, and it is going to take leadership and cool heads to cut through.
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