Ngāpuhi largest hapū seeks pathway forward
There have been developments over the weekend with the Ngāpuhi treaty settlement.
The Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister had a number of meetings with key stakeholder groups and said he's pleased with the progress.
Meanwhile Ngāpuhi's largest hapū Ngāti Hine initiated a roadshow yesterday which scopes out options for its treaty claims.
According to Ngāpuhi leader, Pita Tipene, one option is to seek redress independent of Ngāpuhi.
“Kua roa kē a Ngāti Hine e mahi tahi ana me ngā hapū o Ngāpuhi i roto o Te Kotahitanga - Aini pea he huarahi kē anō kia anga whakamua a Ngāti Hine.”
Ngāti Hine’s roadshow is designed to reach out to their people about their Treaty settlement redress options.
The options include Ngāti Hine proposing a new taiwhenua aligned to Maranga Mai, seeking their own settlement alone, or they stick to the status quo of being part of Takutai Moana taiwhenua.
Tipene also says Ngāti Hine are able to support themselves.
“Ka taea e Nqāti Hine te kōkiri i ōna ake kaupapa i raro i te mararā o Maranga Mai mēnā ka puta tēna kaupapa i roto o Ngāti Hine ko wai ka mōhio?”
The Minister of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Andrew Little was unable to speak to Te Karere on camera, but, last week he met with Ngāpuhi iwi leaders.
"I'm pleased with the tone of the discussions. I considered the talks helpful and constructive. Further discussions will take place shortly, after Easter."
Tipene adds that Ngāti Hine is outlined as an iwi in this year's census for the first time, as opposed to just being a hapū.
“I te mutunga mā Ngāti Hine anō a Ngāti Hine e kōrero engari kia kaua e wareware ki tēnā mea te whanaungatanga, ngā honohononga ki ērā atu o ngā hapū ki te kotahitanga anō hoki.”
Furthermore, there will be eight hui held throughout the month in the hope to reach a decision at their last meeting which will be held at Matawaia Marae on April 14.