27 Sep 2010

Council 'woefully unprepared' for Treaty settlements

6:31 pm on 27 September 2010

A Hastings mayoral candidate says the council is woefully unprepared for Treaty of Waitangi settlements in the region.

Des Ratima, a former Mana Motuhake president, is contesting the Heretaunga ward.

He told Waatea News that settlements will change the relationship the council has with Ngati Kahungunu and its various hapu.

Mr Ratima says he wants the council to give individual communities more autonomy and resources to oversee projects in their areas.