25 May 2010

More tensions over Treaty settlements predicted

3:38 pm on 25 May 2010

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia is predicting more tensions between Maori and the Crown over Treaty settlements.

The Government has asked Tuhoe for a new meeting in three weeks to offer new options for settling its claims, after Prime Minister John Key ruled out any change of ownership of Te Urewera National park.

Mrs Turia says Maori are unlikely to accept the Crown's argument that the conservation estate belongs to all New Zealanders if it includes raupatu land confiscated from iwi without any compensation.

She told Waatea News that iwi asking for land because that's the preference - land for land - brings "huge tension" that probably the Tuhoe situation has highlighted.

But she said these "tensions have probably always been there".

Mrs Turia said Maori expectations of good faith bargaining will be undermined if the Crown adopts a take it or leave it approach to Treaty negotiations.