October 16, 2018
Ngāti Kuta Patukeha reject Proposal for Ngāpuhi Treaty Settlement Negotiations – Evolution of the Mandate
Ngāti Kuta Patukeha reject Proposal for Ngapuhi Treaty Settlement Negotiations – Evolution of the Mandate
Today we have advised the Minister for Treaty Negotiations Andrew Little, that we categorically reject the proposal that Tuhoronuku and/or Te Kotahitanga are to negotiate our Te Tririti claims against the Crown. We have been very clear that our Hapū must be at the forefront of negotiations.
For several years we have advocated hapū based negotiations on a regional basis and it is pleasing to see that the Crown now goes some way to recognising the importance of that position. Unfortunately, they do not go far enough.
As such we reject any proposition or suggestion that Tūhoronuku, Te Kōtahitanga or Te Rūnanga ō Ngāpuhi has our mandate to negotiate, represent or speak on our behalf with the Crown.
Mā ngā Hapū anō Ngā Hapū e korero
Nōkū te whare Nōkū te kōrerō
We also reject the proposition that there be a central negotiation body for any matter involving our claims. They are our grievances, our claims and Ngāti Kuta Patukeha demand to engage in negotiations directly to seek reparation from the Crown.
We support the position of our whanaunga Ngāti Manu. Hapū Rangatiratanga has been our position from the beginning.
Ngāti Kuta Patukeha have never ceded our Rangatiratanga
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