October 22, 2018
Tūhono call for Ngāti Manu
Advisors to Te Rōpu Tūhono will today try to convince Bay of Islands hapū Ngāti Manu to stay within the Ngāpuhi claim negotiating process.
The roopu, which includes leaders of the Tūhoronuku and Te Kotahitanga factions as well as their technical advisors, spent the weekend updating tribespeople in Australia on progress towards resuming negotiations under an evolved mandate.
They’re set to meet Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little on Thursday to consider the next stage, which is likely to include a vote on whether to resume the mandate.
Tūhoronuku advisor Willie Te Aho says the proposition should meet the concerns Ngāti Manu has raised, which is why he’s meeting with its spokesperson Arapeta Hamilton this morning.
"We’ll see whether we can align with what we've proposed and what they have advocated because a lot of the time we talk past each other and it's when you sit down and have a kai and have a kōrero face to face that you can actually clarify situations so it is never over until it is over and I am ever the optimist," Mr Te Aho says.
Meanwhile Te Kotahitanga co-chair Rudy Taylor says he three rounds of consultation and extensive negotiation have resulted in a more robust proposal, and he believes Ngāpuhi people are now keen to move on and get settlement talks underway.
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