8 Nov 2011

Far North tribe taking Treaty deal plan to its people

7:13 pm on 8 November 2011

A Far North iwi has drawn up its Treaty settlement package and is taking the deal to tangata whenua for their seal of approval.

Te Aupouri says the proposed agreement with the Crown includes commercial assets, such as farms - which will provide a solid economic base for the tribe - and the return of culturally significant land and taonga.

The iwi will present the plans to its people during a series of hui which begin at Te Kao on 19 November.

Results of the ratification process are expected before Christmas.

A trustee for Te Rūnanga Nui o Te Aupōuri, Hugh Karena, says negotiations with the Crown have covered the past and the future.

He says there are opportunities for a new partnership with the Crown, in terms of decision making about Te Oneroa-a-Tohe, or Ninety Mile Beach.

Another Far North tribe, Te Rarawa, initialled its Deed of Settlement on 3 November.