December 23, 2020
Majurey seeks whanaungatanga as Whatua ups palisades
Tāmaki Makaurau Iwi Collective chair Paul Majurey says it’s important for iwi to look at what unites them rather than what divides them.
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei is currently picking a fight with Waikato-Tainui over a map in a ratification document for negotiation of remaining claims which puts parts of central Auckland into the larger iwi’s area of interest.
It’s also in the High Court trying to stop Mr Majurey’s Ngāti Maru iwi buying settlement properties in what it calls its heartland.
Mr Majurey says it’s a complex and complicated tribal landscape.
"What's important to our people is that ongoing maintenance of whanaungatanga and working on those relationships that are long imbued between us all over the many centuries. That's what's important and talking about things like the Tūpuna Maunga Authority and (Māori investment consortium) Te Puia Taupapa, those essentially are collections of tribal interests where whanaungatanga is our bedrock," he says.
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