30 Jun 2009

Novel Treaty settlement approach put forward

6:23 am on 30 June 2009

Treaty negotiator Sir Douglas Graham says a proposal he has put forward to sort out competing tribal interests in the greater Auckland area is a novel approach to Treaty settlement.

To recognise overlapping interests, Waatea News reports 11 hapu from different tribes would gain membership to a new entity which will work with local councils to manage 11 cones, including Maungakiekie One Tree Hill, Maungawhau Mt Eden and Rangitoto.

Sir Douglas says hopefully the $180.5 million settlement proposal - which has cabinet approval - will gain the support of the five major tribal groupings with competing interests in Tamaki Makaurau.

However, Ngati Whatua iwi spokesperson Tame Te Rangi says the proposal is flawed and disregards the position of the iwi.