4 Feb 2019

Tūhoronuku not way for Ngāpuhi settlement - Little

From Morning Report, 6:09 am on 4 February 2019

The Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little says he'll be treading gingerly at Waitangi this year as he re-opens a conversation with Ngāpuhi. The country's biggest iwi rejected a revised mandate for settlement talks when more than 70 of its hundred-plus hapū gave it the thumbs down in December. The National government accepted the mandate known as Tūhoronuku, initiated by rūnanga leader Sonny Tau nearly ten years ago. But Mr Little says the latest vote has made it clear the hapū don't want to settle under that banner, or the most recent so-called evolved version. And he's ruling out dealing with any of the hapū who did support it, until the iwi has an overall plan for negotiations.