December 07, 2019
Ngati Hine unhappy at scope of talks
A spokesperson for Northland iwi Ngāti Hine says the Government’s latest plan for negotiating Ngāpuhi claims falls short of what is needed.
Pita Tipene is welcoming the decision to abandon the Tūhoronuku mandate and negotiate with takiwā or clusters of iwi.
He says the mandate has been dead for years, and the iwi has spent 10 years and $10 million going nowhere.
But the plan to only negotiate cultural redress, leaving the commercial quantum and iwi-wide issues to another set of talks, falls short of what Ngāti Hine expects.
"We want a full settlement for Ngāti Hine and as far as I can see that will be no different to what the other hapū clusters would want either," Mr Tipene says.
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