24 Nov 2010

Many fail to recognise importance of spectrum sector - trust

8:57 am on 24 November 2010

A member of Te Huarahi Tika Maori spectrum trust says the technical nature of the telecommunications sector means many tribal leaders are failing to recognise its future importance to Maori.

Richard Orzecki from Ngati Raukawa says spectrum should be regarded as a renewable resource, as each new generation of technology offers different ways it can be used.

He also says that while the trust has made considerable progress since it was set up in the wake of successful Treaty of Waitangi challenges to spectrum allocation, it could do more to push its cultural and economic aims with greater iwi involvement.

Waatea News reports the trust is to hold its annual hui in Wellington on Friday.