2 Aug 2012

MPs support iwi over Little Barrier island claim

6:38 am on 2 August 2012

An iwi has won some political support over its fight to stop Hauturu-Little Barrier island in the Hauraki Gulf being included in a hapu's Treaty settlement package.

The Maori Affairs Select Committee has released a report, saying changes should be made to planned legislation for the sub-tribe Ngati Manuhiri.

MPs examined the settlement after the iwi, Ngati Wai, said it should be negotiating and settling all rights to Hauturu.

The committee says the bill should be amended to reflect the possibility of other iwi becoming involved in the co-governance of Hauturu-Little Barrier island.

But a descendent of Ngati Wai, Natasha Sadler, says they're still not happy about the Crown's consultation process and officials never talked to the tribe.

She says elders will meet to discuss the findings of the report from the Maori Affairs Select Committee.