The Northland hapu Ngati Hine won't be giving up a fight to have its Waitangi Tribunal claims considered independently of the iwi Ngapuhi.
The Maori Land Court in Whangarei has ruled against Ngati Hine's attempt, to force Te Ropu o Tuhoronuku to remove the hapu's tribunal claims from its comprehensive mandated proposal.
Some 76% of Ngapuhi members are in favour of giving Tohoronuku a mandate to negotiate Treaty issues with the Crown, on behalf of all hapu.
Ngati Hine chairman Waihoroi Shortland says the court decision is disappointing, but won't change the hapu's resolve to be free of Ngapuhi.
He says it's only round one of a 15 round bout and the first salvo in what could be a long running battle.