September 18, 2018
Supreme Court ends Ōrakei veto
The lead negotiator for Marutūāhu says a Supreme Court judgment clears the way for the completion of the collective's settlement.
Ngāti Whātūa Ōrakei call the judgment a win because it allows them to go back to the High Court to argue against the crown's overlapping claim policy.
But Paul Majurey says some ofNgāti Whātūa's key claims were struck out, including the challenge to the transfer of central Auckland land for settlement purposes.
He says it ends the Ōrakei hapū claim to have a veto over other iwi settlements.
"It covers a number of things and this reflects the wide ranging claims by Ngāti Whātūa that basically 'we're the only tribe in central Auckland, everyone else has inferior rights.' That's not accepted by many mana whenua and that goes back to 2007 and the Waitangi Tribunal report where their exclusive claims were opposed by many mana whenua – Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, Te Kawerau a Maki, Ngāti Paoa, Marutūāhu, Ngāti Te Ata, and even folk within Ngāti Whātūa Te Tāou," Mr Majurey says.
He hopes Ngāti Whātūa will show some mature judgment and come back to face to face discussions with neighbouring iwi.
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