December 11, 2018
Whangārei hapū united and moving forward
As Ngāpuhi elders gather in Kerikeri today to scrutinise provisional votes cast in the evolved mandate process, hapū are planning for what they will do if the proposal is rejected.
Terenga Paraoa Marae in Whangārei is planning a hāngī next Monday to raise funds.
Member Jade Kake says it’s also a chance for a celebration when the official tally is released.
She says all the hapū in Whangārei voted against the mandate, and they want to keep working together.
"Because so many hapū have voted kāhore the evolved mandate is not going to go through but if we are no longer part of this particular mandate, what next? That could be forming our own large natural grouping as Whangārei or it could be about how we establish a body for our rohe or even just establishing what our area of interest is. There is a lot of work that is still yet to be done," Ms Kake says.
The crown offered to spend up to $100,000 for each rohe to form regional negotiating bodies if the mandate was accepted, and she hopes some of that money may still be available for whatever comes next.
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