Ngāti Porou ki Hauraki files for injunction to stop Hauraki Collective settlement
A last-ditch effort to stop the signing of the controversial Hauraki settlement was made at the Auckland High Court yesterday.
John Tamihere says Ngāti Porou ki Hauraki filed the motion claiming the deal undermines their territorial authority.
"Ngāti Porou ki Hauraki are heading to the High Court to injunction the signing of the Hauraki deed which is happening in Wellington."
Tauranga iwi and Ngāti Whātua have been in the public eye fighting the settlement, but Tamihere says they're not alone as there's infighting too.
Tamihere, the recognised negotiator for Ngāti Porou ki Hauraki, is talking about the Hauraki iwi collective's intention to sign their treaty settlement.
"We're obliged to head to the High Court. The case is a major prejudice and discrimination is happening here in the way Hauraki iwi is settling. We are part of the Hauraki, and we're being excluded."
Ngāti Porou ki Hauraki is one of 12 iwi of the Hauraki Collective, but Tamihere says there's treachery afoot.
"We have more rights in terms of marae occupation than the Hauraki iwi who've busted into Tāmaki and have pushed their way into Tauranga. They don't have marae or mana whenua in Tauranga; we have mana whenua mai rā ano. So we've been excluded by the Crown solely to get a quick deal done."
Te Karere tried to contact Paul Majurey, spokesperson for Hauraki Collective to add their opinion on the injunction filed by Ngāti Porou ki Hauraki, but are yet to receive a response.
Tamihere believes that the collective and the Crown are not playing by the rules.
"What they've done is they're signing the deed on the 2nd, and then on the 3rd they're going back to the Waitangi Tribunal. They're lying and people that lie on behalf of the Crown to get dirty deals done need to be called out."
For now, it seems today's deed of settlement signing between the Crown and the Hauraki Collective will go ahead.