May 19, 2019
Te Aitanga A Māhaki quits water talks
East Coast iwi Te Aitanga a Māhaki was withdrawn from the Iwi Chairs Forum sub-group working with the crown on water issues.
Te Aitanga a Māhaki was withdrawn from the Iwi Chairs Forum sub-group working with the crown on water issues.
The group was set up by the previous National Government to discuss Māori rights and interests, but Labour’s Environment Minister David Parker has taken a different approach – including trying to set up a separate group, Te Kāhui Wai Māori, which would bring in a wider range of Māori voices.
Te Aitanga a Māhaki negotiator Willie Te Aho says the iwi is rejecting Minister Parker’s approach.
"So I’ve notified Rukumoana Schaafhausen directly as the chair of the Freshwater Iwi Leadership Group that we don't agree with engagement with the crown on their terms which is last minute basically trying to tick a consultation box rather than meaningful engagement with a Tiriti partner," he say.
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