October 26, 2018
Compromises result in saleable Ngāpuhi package
Ngāpuhi chair Sonny Tau expects a positive response to the latest proposed structure to negotiate the tribe’s historic claim settlement.
The proposal will be posted online tonight with voting starting on October 9.
Mr Tau, who is also deputy chair of mandated negotiating body Tūhoronuku, says Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little has breathed new life into the process, which has been going on for more than a decade.
He says both Tūhoronuku and its Te Kotahitanga opponents as well as the crown have made compromises to come up with the plan.
The tribe’s 110 hapu will be grouped into six clusters to negotiate cultural redress, while a central body negotiates the commercial redress and overall quantum.
"It is up to those hapu clusters to say or to decide what will be done with the money and it is hopeful we will retain some centrally to get on with growing an asset that will be a perpetual (source) of income for our peoples, so that we get an annual distribution policy that will suit everybody," Mr Tau says.
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