13 Mar 2012

Iwi differs with hapu over Hauturu-Little Barrier

9:45 am on 13 March 2012

An iwi wants the Government to drop Hauturu-Little Barrier island from a hapu's Treaty settlement package.

Ngati Wai says the future of the island, which sits in the Hauraki Gulf, should be dealt with at an iwi level, not through the subtribe, Ngati Manuhiri.

Under the current agreement, Hauturu-Little Barrier will be given back to Ngati Manuhiri for seven days before being returned to the Crown, to be run by the Department of Conservation.

A Ngati Wai iwi kaumatua, Hori Parata, has a message for the Minister of Treaty Negotiations: take Hauturu out of the deal, and everything else can go ahead.

Mr Parata says it is starting to look as though the Government wants the island more than anybody.

But the hapu, Ngati Manuhiri, says it will not change its position on Little Barrier.

A Manuhiri claims negotiator, Laly Haddon, says Ngati Wai is well represented because Ngati Manuhiri are Ngati Wai.

The Green Party has decided to abstain on voting to push the settlement through Parliament, because it does not believe the settlement process is just for Maori.