23 Oct 2010

Negotiations suspended

6:07 am on 23 October 2010

Upper South Island iwi are disappointed the Crown has abruptly suspended negotiations on a $95 million settlement deal.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson says he can't talk with Tainui Taranaki ki te Tonga, which represents Te Atiawa, Ngati Tama, Ngati Rarua and Ngati Koata, because of a High Court challenge by the Wakatu Incorporation.

He says there is a risk some claimants could get paid twice for the same claims.

Wakatu chair Paul Morgan says the Tainui Taranaki ki te Tonga settlement should be treated separately from Wakatu's, which relate to the Crown's management of land put aside for the iwi in the 1840s.