14 Dec 2018

Iwi not to blame for Ngāpuhi settlement delay - Treaty expert

From Morning Report, 6:45 am on 14 December 2018

A Treaty expert says iwi are not to blame for lengthy delays in settling treaty claims. Ngāpuhi and the Crown have spent more than ten years just trying to figure out who should negotiate a settlement for historic grievances. And the latest proposal to get negotiations under way has been rejected by the majority of its 110 hapū. A former Treaty Negotiations minister, Chris Finlayson, told Morning Report this week Ngāpuhi leaders are making it impossible for progress to be made on the settlement. But Dr Carwyn Jones, an expert in the Treaty of Waitangi and Māori law, told RNZ reporter Te Aniwa Hurihanganui it's not the peoples' fault, it's the Crown-led process.