May 13, 2019
Young blood looks for Ngāpuhi unity
Younger members of Ngāpuhi want their elders to put aside their divisions and get the settlement process for the northern tribe back on track.
A hui at Mangakāhia of Kia Anga Mua Ngā Hapū o Ngāpuhi brought together 31 hapū who had supported an evolved Tūhoronuku mandate, and supporter Penetaui Kleskovic says another four hapū have now come on board.
That's not enough, and it is reaching out to other clusters to get the mass needed to get the crown back to the table.
He says groups pushing for individual hapū or regional settlements refuse to accept there is no political appetite for such a path, and there will be one mandate and one settlement.
"They're not working towards unity and it seems as if they are trying to kill one dictatorship so they can create another, and that's sad for the name of Ngāpuhi and for our kaumātua and kuia who made our iwi what it is," Mr Kleskovic says.
He understands the desire of hapū to settle individual satellite claims, but these can be dealt with by an ancillary process alongside the main settlement.
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