30 Jan 2015

Sovereignty hui underway in Northland

6:22 pm on 30 January 2015

Nearly 200 people have gathered at Northland's Otiria marae for a two-day seminar and debate on Maori sovereignty.

Gareth Morgan addressing the sovereignty hui at Otiria Marae.

Gareth Morgan addressing the hui. Photo: RNZ / Lois Williams

Speakers include historian Paul Moon, and economist and philanthropist Gareth Morgan.

Mr Morgan is urging Pakeha New Zealanders to address the recent findings of the Waitangi Tribunal, that Maori did not cede sovereignty when they signed the Treaty of Waitangi.

Nearly 200 people are attending the hui at Otiria Marae.

Nearly 200 people are attending the hui at Otiria Marae. Photo: RNZ / Lois Williams

The Ngati Hine organisers of the hui said the Crown had implied the Tribunal's findings were not relevant to the present day governance.

But they said the country would not move forward until the real implications of Te Tiriti, and the earlier New Zealand Declaration of Independence by Ngapuhi chiefs, were acknowledged and acted on.

Guests at the hui include the scholar Ranginui Walker, and Northland Labour MP Kelvin Davis.

Gareth Morgan addressing the sovereignty hui at Otiria Marae.

Gareth Morgan addressing the hui. Photo: RNZ / Lois Williams