December 10, 2018
Kāhore vote uniting for whānau.
A hapū kaimahi to an evolved mandate for Ngāpuhi settlement negotiations says the effort has brought together whānau and hapū.
Huhana Lyndon believes about 60 of the 110 hapū voted down the plan for six hapū clusters to negotiate cultural redress, with a central body handling the commercial redress.
The final result for individual and hapū vote will be confirmed next Monday.
She says hapū felt overwhelmed by the process, which was developed over six months of talk between the crown, mandated negotiating body Tūhoronuku and Te Kotahitanga o Ngā Hapū o Ngāpuhi.
"The hapū space is really important for Ngāpuhi and hapū rangatiratanga cannot be undermined and everyone has the same shared desire to get there in the end. It's all about the process and the way we can work together collectively for that ultimate outcome," Ms Lyndon says.
She says some hapū voted kāhore because they want to negotiate the sovereignty issues identified in stage one of the Waitangi Tribunal’s Paparahi o Te Raki report alongside the cultural and commercial redress.
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