January 21, 2019
Independent but interdependent path for Ngāpuhi hapū
Ngāpuhi hapū looking for a fresh start to setttlement talks wants the tribe's sovereignty to be at the top of the agenda.
A hui at Kohewhata Marae near Kaikohe on Saturday drew about 300 people from around the country, and even a group from Sydney.
Huhana Lyndon hapū kaimahi for Whangārei says people have been traumatised by the mandating process, and there is a need to regroup and prepare for the next step.
The hui called for the mandate to be removed from Tūhoronuku, and the hapū need resources so they can engage with whānau to prepare for negotiations.
She says hapū see themselves as independent but interdependent, so they need to work out how they can work together.
"That's an ongoing basis of our Ngāpuhi negotiations, is the fact we have the (Waitangi Tribunal) stage one report findings that clearly show us that our tūpuna did not cede sovereignty so that is a discussion that needed to be had with the government if they are going to try to negotiate a settlement with Ngāpuhi," Ms Lyndon says.
Organisers hope to hold a similar hui every three months.
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