Govt and Far North iwi meet to reignite partnership agreement
Government ministers and three Far North iwi have just met in an attempt to reignite a partnership agreement that has lost momentum.
Signed in 2013, the accord between Crown agencies and Te Hiku iwi aimed to empower whānau living in the Far North.
Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta says the meeting was to reignite an agreement between the crown and Far North iwi.
"Koia nā te aronga nui, kia whai wā ki te noho tahi, ki te whakarauora mai tēnei kawenata kei waenganui i te Karauna me ngā iwi o Te Hiku. Kia āhei rātou te whakapakari me kī tā rātou mahere nui mō te oranga o ā rātou nei iwi."
Although the Te Hiku social accord was signed in 2013, the government has yet to fulfil its obligations.
The government should be involved, no matter of which persuasion, to fulfil the aspirations of the accord.
According to Te Hiku spokesperson Haami Piripi, this accord is very significant for Far North iwi.
"Anei mātou e tatari tonu ana, kīhai mātou i mutu, kīhai mātou i mimiti."
The Minister of Māori Development says it's a good example of collaboration.
"Ko te kupu hōu mōku ko te 'co-design' mā ngā iwi hei whakaraupapa - mā te kāwanatanga hei aro atu kia tuitui."