July 31, 2018
Selective amnesia over Hauraki–Tauranga carve-up
The lead negotiator for Hauraki is accusing Ngai Te Rangi leader Charlie Tawhiao of selective amnesia about historic agreements between the tribes.
Mr Tawhiao claims the inclusion in the Hauraki settlement of properties in ther Katikati area amounts to confiscation, and he's cvalling for a tikanga process to resolve differences.
But Paul Majurey says there has already been a tikanga process back in 2012 and 2014, when Hauraki met with the three Tauranga Moana iwi and made the agreements which allowed the Tauranga settlements to go through.
Those included a 60-40 split of the Athenree crown forest land, and an even split of right of first refusal properties in Te Puna-Katikati Block.
"There's a well known photograph now with myself shaking hands with Lou Te Keeti with a whiteboard behind us with those properties so now to describe them as Charlie has as some sort of confiscation or us trying to assert rights out of the blue is a bit unreal really insofar as Tauranga Moana with ourselves agreed those. Charlie was a part of the process as were others in Tauranga Moana so it's though there has been some sort of selective amnesia in parts of Tauranga Moana on this issue," Mr Majurey says.
Now Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little has agreed to sign off its settlement Hauraki has invited Tauranga Moana tribes to discuss how Hauraki can participate in the Tauranga Framework covering management of the Tauranga Harbour and catchment.
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