July 24, 2018
Ngāpuhi hikoi over control of settlement
Opponents of the role the Ngāpuhi Rūnanga is playing in the tribe’s treaty settlement marched in Kaikohe yesterday.
The 50 or so Ngāpuhi Taniwhārau marchers arrived at the rūnanga offices to find no one there as the rūnanga was holding its meeting in Auckland.
Organiser Sharon Kaipo, who was unsuccessful last year in her bid to be elected the rūnanga’s Mangakāhia delegate, says people are fed up with the leadership of Sonny Tau and his board.
"It’s pretty much the whole politics that are happening around Ngāpuhi at the moment with settlements looming and people vying for control of that settlement without acknowledging the hapu and the people on the grassroots. There’s only a few who are greedy enough to want that leadership," she says.
Sonny Tau says the Ngāpuhi Rūnanga will put itself forward as the post-settlement governance entity, but the people of Ngāpuhi will get the chance to vote on that proposal.
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