November 05, 2018
Hapū breakaway costing tribe
Te Taitokerau MP Kelvin Davis is disappointed his hapū is one of those seeking to withdraw from the Ngāpuhi settlement.
Voting papers go out on Friday on an evolved mandate that will allow settlement talks to resume after a three year break.
Despite major concessions made to accomodate concerns about hapū involvement put up by hapū including Ngāti Hine and Ngāti Manu, leaders of those groups are urging supporters to vote no.
Mr Davis says Ngāpuhi has been trying to get a settlement for 11 years, and people continue to attempt to derail the process.
He says there could be a million dollars a month in lost interest the tribe could be spending on housing, health and other services for their people.
"It's disappointing because we need to do this and the infighting and the breaking away, and my hapū is one that is breaking away, we really need to do this. It's too important to let it carry on the way we're going," Mr Davis says.
Ngāti Manu advocates say only hapū rather than individuals should vote on settlement matters, and it is encouraging Ngāti Manu members to register with it rather than go on the Ngāpuhi voting roll.
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