6 Dec 2010

Minister rejects calls to break off Ngati Kahu talks

10:05 pm on 6 December 2010

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson is rejecting calls that he break off talks with Ngati Kahu because of its negotiator's support for the occupation of land at Taipa.

Ngati Kahu Runanga chair Margaret Mutu says the younger generation has a right to fight for what she could not get in the agreement on principle which is currently on the table.

Far North mayor Wayne Brown says that's intolerable, and making the end of the occupation a condition of continuing negotiations is a way forward.

But Mr Finlayson told Waatea News it won't happen.