Ngāpuhi treaty settlement aimed to be completed by 2020
Thousands turned out for a dawn ceremony at the Waitangi treaty grounds yesterday morning.
Despite the good vibes continuing to flow, all are aware that Ngāpuhi, the first iwi to sign the treaty, will be the last major iwi to settle its treaty grievances.
Treaty Negotiation Minister Andrew Little has a message about the long-awaited Ngāpuhi treaty settlement.
“I reckon we can do it. I reckon we can do it by 2020. Yeah, I've put it out there now.”
The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her government were out feeding the people.
“I feel certain that we have benefitted from the hospitality, the manaakitanga of Ngāpuhi and Te Tai Tokerau.”
Leader Sonny Tau was there also.
“Kei reira kē taku hari mōna. Engari, o te mutunga, ka kite ai tātou mehemea ka tutuki ngā oati me ana moemoeā mō tātou, arā, mō te ao Māori.”
But Waitangi Day wouldn’t be Waitangi Day without some form of protests to honour the treaty.
Ngāpuhi kuia Titewhai Harawira was there with them.
“Andrew Little is just pushing the same line that National Party was pushing. Ngāpuhi has already said to him 'these are the issues that we want you to look at… Until He Whakaputanga me te Tiriti o Waitangi are honoured there will ever be protests in Ngāpuhi and rightly so. Our job is to walk in the footsteps of our tūpuna.”
While the office of the Treaty Minister has confirmed that he's set to reveal a new Ngāpuhi settlement mandate.
Will the last of the big settlements get over the line by 2020?
Only time will tell.