December 05, 2019
Staged settlement gives Ngapuhi time to build capacity
Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta says Ngāpuhi needs time to work out what it wants from a treaty settlement and how it would manage it.
After years of division, the Government says it no longer recognises the mandate of the Ngāpuhi Rūnanga-backed Tuhoronuku to negotiate a settlement for the iwi.
It will instead open discussions about negotiating cultural redress with separate takiwa or area-based groups.
"At the same time we believe there is merit in retaining a collective mandate for some of the things that span across the whole of Ngapuhi like reo aspirations, some relationship redress, perhaps even how Ngāpuhi articulate their aspirations in relation to He Whakapūtanga," Ms Mahuta says.
Ministers are also looking at how to create a sovereign fund that can build up assets to be used for settlement redress.
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