8 Mar 2013

Far North District Council apology accepted

6:38 am on 8 March 2013

A Northland iwi has accepted an apology from the Far North District Council - which has allowed filming on 90 Mile Beach without telling some tribes.

The council received some complaints about giving a BBC television programme consent to close a stretch of the beach, Te Oneroa-a-Tohe, while it films a super sonic car speeding on the sand.

The governing body did consult Ngati Kuri, which did not object.

The council has apologised to four other iwi in the area, Ngati Kahu, Te Aupouri, Ngai Takoto and Te Rarawa.

Treaty claims manager for Ngai Takoto, Rangitane Marsden commended the council for saying sorry.

Far North District Council said it will be working with iwi in the area and aims to set up clear guidelines for consultation.

Mr Marsden said he applauds the council's move towards building a better relationship with iwi.

But at the same time, he said iwi have got to learn how to work collectively to deliver one message, which would stop councils thinking officials have to consult only one iwi.

Four of the five iwi in the region signed a Treaty of Waitangi Deed of Settlement last year - which included a provision for a joint tribal-council management body to be set up to oversee 90 Mile Beach.