October 29, 2018
Ngāpuhi mandate proposal bulletproof
An advisor to Ngāpuhi claim negotiation body Tūhoronuku believes enough has been done to resolve questions over mandate raised in a Waitangi Tribunal claim.
Leaders of Tūhoronuku and opposing body Te Kotahitanga have worked with treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little and advisors on an evolved mandate which will be put out for a vote next week.
Lawyer Willie Te Aho is confident it will meet the threshold of gaining the support of 75 percent of tribal members and 65 percent of the 110 hapū.
He says it's in line with the tribunal recommendations, including allowing hapū to opt out.
"But if there are those who want to leave and burn down te whare tapu o Ngāpuhi, we will challenge their views, we will challenge any applications made to the Waitangi Tribunal and I have no doubt we will succeed in showing the tribunal and any other court we have met and exceeded the expectations of the Waitangi Tribunal as issued in September 2015," Mr Te Aho says.
The proposal, which would leave cultural redress to be negotiated by six regional clusters of hapū, with a central group negotiating the commercial quantum, is at www.govt.nz/Ngapuhi.
Voting and consultation hui start on November 9.
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