The country's largest treaty settlement could still be years away, with Ngāpuhi and the government struggling to agree on who and how the treaty settlement will be negotiated.  

Now one faction of the Northland tribe is threatening court action.

Te Kotahitanga o Ngā Hapū o Ngāpuhi (Te Kotahitanga) co-chair Pita Tipene is critical of Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little’s views on how iwi and the Crown can interact within the context of the Treaty of Waitangi and what that interaction means.

“Mō te minita, kāhore ōna taringa. E whakarongo ana ia ki wana āpiha. Me āta titiro te minita ki te mea pono me te mea tika i hainatia ai te Tiriti o Waitangi i te mea kei runga kē ia i te huarahi, i te mutunga he pakanga kei te haere.”

Representatives from Te Kotahitanga, Tūhoronuku and the treaty minister are set to present mandate proposals to the people of Ngāpuhi this weekend. 

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