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Hapū in Hokianga are backing the idea of a name change for Tūhoronuku.
The Ngāpuhi mandate authority kicks off a new series of hui around the north today to seek feedback on its stalled Treaty settlement.
The group that has received the bulk of Ngāpuhi's $6m settlement negotiation funding is defending trips to Sydney and Perth, saying they were worthwhile. Audio
One of the groups trying to unite New Zealand's biggest iwi so it can pursue treaty talks says it's disappointing the government is walking away from the process.
Negotiations between the government and Ngāpuhi appear to have broken down after a meeting between Prime Minister Bill English and iwi leaders.
Ngāpuhi claimants living in Christchurch are threatening to pull their support for the iwi's mandated authority, Tūhoronuku.
The government needs to make an urgent call on who to deal with over the Ngāpuhi treaty settlement, a hapū leader says.
A Hokianga hapū spokesman is recommending an independent commissioner be appointed to oversee the Ngāpuhi mandate restructure.
Analysis - Tūhoronuku says it will now fully accept a plan to hand the reins to hapū in negotiating Ngāpuhi's treaty claim. Lois Williams explains.
The board that holds the mandate to negotiate Ngāpuhi's Treaty of Waitangi claim says it will now fully accept a plan to hand the reins to hapū.
The future of Tūhoronuku, the board set up to establish a mandate to settle Ngāpuhi's Treaty claims, is now in doubt.
Treaty Settlement Minister Chris Finlayson has accepted the recommendations of a report on a new framework to settle Ngāpuhi's Treaty claim.
Urban Māori representation is the last sticking point in the stand-off over who gets to control Ngāpuhi's settlement.