Owae Marae shuts door on cer­e­mony

Taranaki Daily News - - Front Page - Deena Coster

Te Ati­awa’s treaty ne­go­tia­tors have been shut out from hold­ing its up­com­ing set­tle­ment cer­e­mony at the iwi’s spir­i­tual home.

Te Ati­awa Iwi Author­ity chair­woman Wik­i­to­ria Keenan said Owae marae chair­man David Rogers had told her of the de­ci­sion to de­cline the book­ing ear­lier this month, in light of ‘‘sen­si­tiv­i­ties’’ Ota­raua and

‘‘We will go some­where else.’’ Wik­i­to­ria Keenan Te Ati­awa Iwi Author­ity chair­woman

Manuko­rihi hapu had about the set­tle­ment.

De­spite be­ing dis­ap­pointed with the news, given that many of the iwi’s most im­por­tant events had been held at the marae over the years, Keenan said she had no choice but to ac­cept it.

‘‘That’s the way it is and we will go some­where else,’’ she said.

The de­ci­sion comes as de­bate within iwi and hapu cir­cles continues about the pend­ing deal, which is sched­uled to be for­mally signed off on Au­gust 9.

Ngati Tawhirikura hapu is one of those that ex­pressed un­happi- ness about the pro­posed deal.

Chair­man Glen Skip­per said the hapu’s voice had not been heard through­out the process and the set­tle­ment in its cur­rent form did not fit with its goals.

‘‘When we look at our as­pi­ra­tions they are not sup­ported by as­pects of the set­tle­ment,’’ Skip­per said.

Skip­per said al­though he and other Ngati Tawhirikura mem­bers ac­knowl­edged the fi­nan­cial po­ten­tial the set­tle­ment pre­sented, it still fell well short, es­pe­cially in terms of cul­tural re­dress. ‘‘We’re los­ing more than we’re gain­ing,’’ he said.

Keenan said she was aware of a ‘‘def­i­nite cam­paign’’ against the deal but re­mained un­apolo­getic for the deal ne­go­tia­tors had struck with the Crown.

‘‘I say to people, con­cen­trate on the set­tle­ment. Look at it and see if it’s good enough and de­cide ac­cord­ingly,’’ she said.

Voting for reg­is­tered mem­bers be­gan on June 12 and closes at noon on July 17.

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