March 04, 2019
Hapū looking at independence together
A weekend wānanga for ngā hapū o Whangarei has brought a commitment to continue work together, but no consensus on what can be done to resolve the stalemate over the Ngāpuhi treaty settlement.
Organiser Huhana Lyndon says it was a chance to talk about other issues concerning local rather than central government, and to share whakapapa and explore what binds the hapū and where they have their own rangatiratanga.
She says there will be a further hui in June to try to put together some common positions.
"We had members of hapū at this wānanga, a large turn out and now we are challenging back to our hapu time to invigorate yourselves and do your work, come back with your positions as to where you are but give you the space and time, and I think that's what we all seek within Ngāpuhi, is the ability for us to forge ahead and rekindle those relationships, form our alliances, whatever that might look like, but that we don't have the pressure of an overarching body over us," Ms Lyndon says.
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