June 21, 2018
Crown remembers settlement promise
The Government is trying to breathe life back into a consultation process which was supposed to be the centrepiece of treaty settlements for far north iwi.
When the four Te Hiku iwi settled five years ago, the Te Hiku-Crown Social Accord was said to be a way to address long standing disparities in social outcomes.
It was said iwi would sit alongside the crown to identify problems and develop solutions,
But Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni says the accord has lost momentum.
Ms Sepuloni and Maori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta met yesterday with senior leadership from the iwi to re-establish relationships and discuss how the accord can be revived.
A second taumata rangatira hui in September will concentrate on work priorities and collaborative projects to improve the social circumstances of the Te Hiku Iwi, hapū and whānau, and wider community.
As well as meeting ministers, the iwi leaders have a follow up hui with officials from agencies including Social Development, Education, the Tertiary Education Commission, Justice, Police, Corrections, Business, Innovation and Employment, Internal Affairs, Statistics and Te Puni Kōkiri
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