29 Aug 2011

Te Kauhanganui meeting 'productive'

9:18 am on 29 August 2011

A Waikato-Tainui tribal parliament member, Joyce Maipi, says the tribe's half-yearly general meeting has given the tribal executive an opportunity to address the iwi's outstanding land claims.

The parliament, Te Kauhanganui, held its half yearly meeting on Sunday with the aim of giving the Te Arataura chair Tukoroirangi Morgan a chance to take his seat and cast his vote, after claiming it had sacked him for allegedly flouting the executive's authority earlier this month.

Joyce Maipi who also represents Te Ohaaki marae, and who attended the hui, says Te Arataura was able to clarify what it was doing and how they are working with hapu to advance their outstanding land claims.

She says the discussions were very productive and allowed Mr Morgan to update attendees on the iwi's land claims.

However, a member of Waikato-Tainui, Chris Webster, who was not at the hui, says that according to her sources Te Arataura failed in its duty to report its activities back to the Tainui tribal parliament - including its financial statements that were due to be tabled.

She says by doing so the tribal executive has not fulfilled its obligations under the Incorporated Societies Act.

Ms Webster says the position of Waikato-Tainui's assets is currently unknown and no information has been provided since the last half-year general meeting, a year ago.

Neither the chair of Te Kauhanganui nor Tukoroirangi Morgan could be reached for comment on Sunday.