26 Jul 2012

South Taranaki iwi happy with council apology

7:00 pm on 26 July 2012

Nga Rauru Kii Tahi says it has accepted an apology from the South Taranaki District Council for not offering proper consultation with them on the sale of a small piece of land near Waverley.

During an iwi liaison meeting this week, a neighbouring tribe Ngati Ruanui accused the council of not including the four local iwi when it offered the Kohi community pool and hall to residents who already manage it.

Te Kahui o Rauru chairperson Darryl Ratana says while the iwi and council won't always see eye to eye on many issues, it's still important to engage with the South Taranaki District Council and find common ground.

He says there's always room for improvement and the iwi is happy to work with the council despite their differences.

Mr Ratana says it is about how they work through those issues to get a satisfactory outcome for all concerned.

South Taranaki mayor Ross Dunlop says the council has good dealings with iwi and that there is mutual respect.

He admits it was an oversight but it is good that the council and iwi can sit at the table together and sort things out.