7 Mar 2013

Far North council apologises to iwi over filming

8:42 pm on 7 March 2013

The Far North District Council has apologised to a collective of iwi for not including them in talks to allow the BBC to film on 90 Mile Beach.

The council granted the BBC permission to close a stretch of the beach, Te Oneroa-a-Tohe, while it films a super sonic car speeding on the sand.

The local authority did consult Ngati Kuri, which did not object to the BBC's request.

However, the council received some complaints including criticism from Te Runanga o Te Rarawa chairperson Haami Piripi.

In a statement, the council has apologised to Ngati Kahu, Te Aupouri, Ngai Takoto and Te Rarawa for the way it has handled the matter.

It says it is looking forward to when a new board is set up to manage 90 Mile Beach.

It will be made up of representatives from four iwi, Ngati Kuri, Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri and Ngai Takoto as well as regional governing representatives.

The creation of the board was a provision made in a Treaty of Waitangi Deed of Settlement signed by those iwi last year.

The council says the Oneroa-a-Tohe Board is not operating yet so rightly or wrongly, it opted to go to Ngati Kuri.

The council says it will be working with iwi in the area and aims to set up clear guidelines for consultation when matters of short notice arise again.

Meanwhile, the Far North District Council says a comment by Te Rarawa leader Haami Piripi, who said the granting of filming consent has thrown their treaty relationships back into the dark ages, is unfair.