22 Dec 2014

Question mark over hui for differences

7:06 pm on 22 December 2014

A hui to resolve a dispute has failed to fix up problems between the group mandated to steer the Ngapuhi treaty settlement and hapu, which opposes Tuhoronuku.

This month, the Waitangi Tribunal held an urgent inquiry into the Government's agreement to settle the tribe's treaty claims with Tuhoronuku.

Fifteen hapu and almost 70 interested parties challenged the mandate, saying they have no faith in Tuhoronuku.

Following the urgent tribunal hearing, a hui was scheduled between the two parties.

However the meeting, on Saturday, was stopped because of uncertainty about what the meeting was trying to solve.

Tuhoronuku, which initiated the meeting, said it would have to be rescheduled in the new year.

But Te Kotahitanga o Nga Hapu o Ngapuhi, which opposed Tuhoronuku, said it would only speak with Tuhoronuku when negotiations with the crown were halted.

The Waitangi Tribunal told the Crown to stop negotiations until it released it findings, but the Crown said the Tribunal did not have the jurisdiction to do so.

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