October 19, 2018
Ngāpuhi in Australia finding voice over claim
Ngāpuhi in Australia are finding their voices as the iwi reaches out to involve them in discussions over settling historic claims.
Senior figures in Ngāpuhi are heading across the Tasman today to present the latest proposal for an evolved settlement mandate to hui in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne.
It follows up last month’s trip with Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little.
Willie Te Aho, the technical adviser for mandated negotiating body Tūhoronuku, says there are 25,000 Ngāpuhi living there, so it’s a great opportunity to meet face to face and also to raise their own issues.
"Last time when we were there with Andrew (Little) they raised issues of immigration and having a forum and we have created a forum, Ngāpuhi Taura Here Advisory Group, that can be the forum in which they discuss their issues of immigration and other issues outside the rohe of Ngāpuhi," he says.
Meanwhile, the director of the Office of Treaty Settlements has written to hapū wishing to opt out of the Ngāpuhi mandate process to say they may have to wait until 2020 to re-engage with the crown, and it may need to be under some other large natural group.
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