Ngāi Te Rangi shocked signing of Hauraki Collective Settlement is to go ahead
Tauranga Moana has protested on land, water, even parliament, to express their opposition to the proposed Hauraki settlement.
That's why Ngāi Te Rangi is shocked to hear that Treaty Minister Andrew Little is set to sign the Pare Hauraki Collective Settlement this week which acknowledges Hauraki has 'interests' in the Tauranga region.
Ngāi Te Rangi chair Charlie Tawhiao says he's angry that he's heard the news.
"Ko tāku ki a ia, ki te Pirimia, kāore tēnei i te mahi o te kāwanatanga tika. He mahi nanakia tēnei, kia mōhio ai rātou mēnā ka pērā tō rātou haere. Ka riri mātou."
Tauranga iwi has opposed this since the beginning, thereby calling for a hui tikanga between them and Hauraki Collective.
As no hui has been held, they're surprised that the signing is going ahead.
Tawhiao says the protests will not stop.
"Ehara mātou i te iwi noho noa iho mēnā kai te hiahia ētahi iwi ki te tū ki runga i a mātou."
The signing is set to take place this week in Wellington.