11 Dec 2010

Damage to Kingitanga foreseen from dispute

6:23 am on 11 December 2010

Waikato-Hauraki MP Nanaia Mahuta says the Kingitanga will suffer long term damage if Tainui's current governance crisis goes to court.

King Tuheitia this week sacked the chair of the tribal parliament, Tania Martin, after she refused to apologise for producing a factually inaccurate analysis of what the tribe's executive board was spending.

Ms Mahuta says Tainui has seen what has happened in past years when disputes between the tribal parliament - Te Kauhanganui - and the executive - Te Ara Taura - were taken out of the tribal domain.