21 Jul 2014

Tuhoe deal sparks new relationship

7:41 am on 21 July 2014

The Tuhoe Treaty settlement has sparked a new relationship between the tribe and hunters.

The Crown package for the iwi will this week have its third and final reading in the House.

Negotiations have included discussions with the Deerstalkers Association, confirming hunters can still set their sights on animals in Te Urewera.

The chair of the group's iwi committee, Alec McIver, said tangata whenua could get hunter training and learn about firearms safety from one of its special courses.

He said the sessions included map reading, how to use a compass, species of animals, and how to hunt and how to dress them.

Mr McIver said the programme put people on the path to gaining a firearms licence, and going out into the bush and feeling safe and making others safe.

Taken by Rosemary Rangitauira 22 March 2013 Wellington

Treaty settlement agreement between the Crown and Tuhoe. Photo: RNZ