6 Mar 2014

Henare steps into Ngapuhi debate

8:02 pm on 6 March 2014

Senior National MP Tau Henare is urging Tuhoronuku, the Treaty mandating body for Ngapuhi to reconcile opposing sub-tribes - so it can push ahead with a settlement.

The Government's picked Tuhoronuku as the mandating body, which has angered a Ngapuhi Alliance, which includes the hapu of Ngati Hine.

It's voted to pull out of a planned settlement.

Maori Affairs Select Committee chair Tau Henare says he wants Ngapuhi to reach a settlement, but he says changes have to happen to do that.

He says any deal needs to include Ngati Hine and Hokianga, which is a huge population of Ngapuhi.

Mr Henare - who is of Ngati Hine descent - says Tuhoronuku needs to come to the realisation it needs them inside the tent not outside of it.