Nga¯ ti Hine says no
Nga¯ ti Hine has rejected the new plan to settle Nga¯ puhi’s Treaty claims, and is encouraging others to do the same.
Te Maara a Hineamaru chairman Waihoroi Shortland said the evolved mandate did not deliver hapu¯ sovereignty, and Nga¯ ti Hine would mobilise hapu¯ and individuals to participate in the vote, and say no to the final proposal.
“Nga¯ ti Hine has always looked for a reason to stay, and we have been unable to find it in this final iteration,” he said.
“We are disappointed that the proposers did not have the courage to support a truly hapu¯ led multi-settlement regime. After negotiating with the Crown, hapu¯ are then forced to negotiate within themselves to redistribute the settlement quantum.”
Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little (second left) with Nga¯ puhi representatives Rudy Taylor, Pita Tipene, Hone Sadler and Raniera (Sonny) Tau in Wellington earlier this year.