Waitangi over for another year
The passing of Waitangi Day has left a lot for Ngāpuhi to reflect on.
The country's biggest tribe is desperate to settle its treaty claims with the new government but concedes it has to make changes to move forward.
Hone Sadler contemplated the way forward for Ngāpuhi:
“Tēnā pea me whakarerekē ētahi ahuatanga o te mandate ka tatū hei tērā.”
Pita Tipene of Te Kotahitanga says he too wants to see settlement but also wants to ensure the process is correct.
“Kia horo, kia āta haere, kia horo ki te mau i te kaupapa. Engari, kia āta haere kia tatū te pūtake o te kaupapa, hangangia tō whare i runga i te toka, kaua i runga i te oneone.”
But Dover Samuels says the hard thing is getting everyone to agree.
“Aku tohutohu ki taku iwi waiho ngā pūhaehae ki te taha tēnā mea te pūhaehae i waenganui i ia hapū ia hapū e tōmuri ana te tohorā te kerēme o Waitangi.”
Ngāpuhi isn’t the only ones who have experienced this, they say it is because of the mandate process.
Tipene also says the recommendations of the Maranga Mai report need to be implemented.
“He mahi nui mātou i korerohia ai i whakawhitiwhiti whakaarohia ai kia tautoko tērā kaupapa nā mō tētahi atu tangata ki te haere mai ki te tīni i ērā wahanga e kore mātou e whakaae.”
The Treaty Negotiations Minister, Andrew Little, is expected to meet up with tribal representatives with a plan in the next two weeks, where it will be anticipated whether or not talks come to any fruition.