24 Apr 2014

NZ First refuses to name tribes

7:28 am on 24 April 2014

New Zealand First is refusing to name the tribes it says have been cut out of Crown settlements at the top of South Island.

Last week, the final batch of agreements for the whole of Te Waipounamu was passed in Parliament.

NZ First leader Winston Peters.

NZ First leader Winston Peters. Photo: RNZ

But New Zealand First voted against the legislation for the Ngati Koata, Ngati Rarua, Ngati Tama ki Te Tau Ihu and Te Atiawa o Te Waka-a-Maui Claims Settlement Bill.

The party argues some iwi and hapu have not been heard.

Te Manu Korihi has asked New Zealand First to name the tribes, but it has refused.

Its leader, Winston Peters, says he will not single out those who were not heard as they must be allowed to work through what he calls a difficult time.

The office of the Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister, Chris Finlayson, says it doesn't know why New Zealand First voted "no".