8 Jul 2011

Tribes miss Kāingaroa forest deadline

7:43 pm on 8 July 2011

Eight Māori tribes have missed a self-imposed deadline to share one of New Zealand's biggest forests between them.

The Kāingaroa forest near Rotorua was handed over to the Central North Island Iwi Collective in 2009 in a Treaty settlement.

The collective had agreed to allocate land among themselves by now, with the Crown's Deed of Settlement saying it was to be completed by 1 July.

But the collective's chairperson, Matthew Te Pou, says all parties have the power to move that date and not all agree on the adjudication stage of the process.

Mr Te Pou says everyone is still talking and the collective meets a least once a month, often every fortnight. He says there is an agreement among iwi to share the forest within four years.

The Central North Island Forests Iwi Collective is made up of Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Whare, Ngāti Manawa, Ngāti Rangitihi, Raukawa, and the Affiliate Te Arawa Iwi and Hapū .