The Iwi Leaders’ Forum says they want to form a meaningful relationship with the government.

That was the message yesterday as the PM met the group for the first time.

The meeting was the first engagement of the PM's five day Northland tour which will culminate with ceremonies at Waitangi next week.

Another Māori name has been offered for the PM’s unborn child. Waimirirangi, an ancestress of Te Aupōuri.

Although Kelvin Davis was a little worried about the name.

“Ahakoa kōtiro, ahakoa tāne e mataku ana mātou ka kī koe ko Sonny te ingoa.”

The tone clearly different from last year's meeting, where the Maori Development Minister, Nanaia Mahuta, issued a challenge.

“So the nature of the conversation that this government will have with iwi leaders deserves to have a different focus.”

The Iwi Leaders’ Forum says they want to form a meaningful relationship with the government.

That was the message yesterday as the PM met the group for the first time.

The meeting was the first engagement of the PM's five day Northland tour which will culminate with ceremonies at Waitangi next week.

Another Māori name has been offered for the PM’s unborn child. Waimirirangi, an ancestress of Te Aupōuri.

Although Kelvin Davis was a little worried about the name.

“Ahakoa kōtiro, ahakoa tāne e mataku ana mātou ka kī koe ko Sonny te ingoa.”

The tone clearly different from last year's meeting, where the Maori Development Minister, Nanaia Mahuta, issued a challenge.

“So the nature of the conversation that this government will have with iwi leaders deserves to have a different focus.”

But, according to leader Sonny Tau, there is a desire the from iwi leaders to build a relationship with the government.

“Ko te mea nui ki a mātou i tēnei wā kia whakatūturuhia taua whanaungatanga i waenganui i te Karauna me ngā iwi - i te mea tuatahi ko mātou nahenahe te rōpū e whai mana ana ki te kōrero mō te iwi i raro i te ture, i raro i ngā kōti o te iwi.”

And John Tamihere has seen the difference in the attitude of Labour compared with National.

“I think there's a change in the way in which the iwi leaders will work with this government. So if you watch today National used to walk in pat them on the head like 'Madge' and then have a meeting and then walk out. There was true engagement here in Māoritanga terms and that's a tremendous difference over the last nine years.”

The PM says there are heaps of issues the government and iwi leaders need to find solutions to.

“We'll be looking for practical ways that we can bring to reality increase Māori home ownership, more jobs for our rangatahi and work together on child wellbeing - particularly for tamariki,”

Could this be the treaty in action? ut, according to leader Sonny Tau, there is a desire the from iwi leaders to build a relationship with the government.

“Ko te mea nui ki a mātou i tēnei wā kia whakatūturuhia taua whanaungatanga i waenganui i te Karauna me ngā iwi - i te mea tuatahi ko mātou nahenahe te rōpū e whai mana ana ki te kōrero mō te iwi i raro i te ture, i raro i ngā kōti o te iwi.”

And John Tamihere has seen the difference in the attitude of Labour compared with National.

“I think there's a change in the way in which the iwi leaders will work with this government. So if you watch today National used to walk in pat them on the head like 'Madge' and then have a meeting and then walk out. There was true engagement here in Māoritanga terms and that's a tremendous difference over the last nine years.”

The PM says there are heaps of issues the government and iwi leaders need to find solutions to.

“We'll be looking for practical ways that we can bring to reality increase Māori home ownership, more jobs for our rangatahi and work together on child wellbeing - particularly for tamariki,”

Could this be the treaty in action?

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