Power in the hands of hapu¯/iwi

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Power has been placed in the hands of Nga¯puhi hapu¯ and iwi mem­bers to vote on whether or not they want to move for­ward with a new Treaty set­tle­ment ne­go­ti­a­tion plan.

The de­ci­sion to put the evolved model to the vote was made at a meet­ing at Par­lia­ment last week, at­tended by Te Ropu Tuhono (com­pris­ing Treaty Ne­go­ti­a­tions Min­is­ter An­drew Lit­tle, the lead­ers of Tuhoronuku and the cochair­men of Te Ko­tahi­tanga).

In 2015 the Wai­tangi Tri­bunal found that the Crown­recog­nised man­date held by Tuhoronuku was flawed, as it did not pro­tect hapu¯ sovereignty. Tuhoronuku chair­man Hone Sadler said he was elated that the process that fol­lowed that find­ing had reached the point where Nga¯puhi could vote on it.

“It’s been hard for the last cou­ple of years, get­ting nowhere, and we’ve ar­rived at this point where we can take this out to Nga¯puhi and say ‘Well, the choice is yours’,” he said.

The evolved man­date will mean hapu¯ ap­point rep­re­sen­ta­tives to make up six rohe ne­go­ti­a­tion bod­ies (RNBs), whose rep­re­sen­ta­tives will make up part of the Man­dated Nga¯puhi Author­ity (MaNA), who could also in­clude kuia/kauma¯tua rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Nga¯puhi liv­ing out­side the re­gion and a runanga rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

MaNA will ap­point two com­mer­cial ne­go­tia­tors, with sup­port from the RNBs, for com­mer­cial re­dress ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Mean­while each RNB will ap­point as many ne­go­tia­tors as they would like (al­though only a max­i­mum of three will be funded) to work with the Crown on cul­tural re­dress, and with each other for an agree­ment on the al­lo­ca­tion of the com­mer­cial re­dress.

Pita Tipene, co-chair­man of Te Ko­tahi­tanga, the group that op­posed the Crown’s recog­ni­tion of Tuhoronuku’s man­date, said while he op­posed the new plan, and had done from the start, he sup­ported it go­ing to a vote.

“The peo­ple need to speak, they need to vote, and Nga¯puhi need to make a col­lec­tive de­ci­sion,” he said.

“Any thoughts I have in terms of op­pos­ing it were merely my thoughts, but I did re­mind Te Ropu Tuhono that, given that the sub­mis­sion pe­riod had closed, they needed to re­mem­ber while I was alone in my op­po­si­tion I rep­re­sented a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of peo­ple who also op­pose, be­cause there were more sub­mis­sions op­posed to the pro­posal than sup­port­ive.”

Vot­ing is to be com­pleted by De­cem­ber 7, with 65 per cent sup­port from of hapu¯ , and 75 per cent from in­di­vid­u­als, needed to move to the ne­go­ti­a­tion phase.

Mr Sadler was hope­ful that the evolved man­date would be sup­ported, but noted that there was a with­drawal mech­a­nism that would en­able any of the iwi’s 110 hapu¯ to exit if they chose to. Nga¯ti Manu has al­ready for­mally re­jected the new process.

De­tails on the en­dorse­ment process, in­clud­ing how to reg­is­ter, vote, and where hui will be held, are at www.govt.nz/nga­puhi

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