3 May 2012

Govt hires Tukoroirangi Morgan as iwi treaty consultant

7:15 pm on 3 May 2012

The Government has appointed the former chairperson of the Waikato-Tainui executive, Tukoroirangi Morgan, to work with iwi to help them settle their treaty claims.

After being involved in bitter squabbles within the tribe, Mr Morgan decided to leave the iwi executive, Te Arataura, at the end of March to consider several job offers.

He says he's excited to gain the new position, and aims to do his best to help iwi.

Mr Morgan says his knowledge gained through work by him and Lady Raiha Mahuta on the Waikato-River settlement will be hugely valuable in helping other tribes to settle their claims.

He says he'll be able to advise iwi about risk or challenges that may arise through talks with the Crown.

Mr Morgan says he's helping iwi such as Te Whakatohea, Ngati Haua, Ngati Hinerangi and Ngai Tai.