13 Feb 2012

Iwi favour collective Taranaki Treaty claims approach

6:55 pm on 13 February 2012

The chair of Nga Hapu o Ngaruahine Incorporated in South Taranaki says feedback from Treaty Settlement consultation meetings suggests a collective approach is the way to go.

Tribal members were invited to have an input and look at strategies to move treaty settlements forward at a series of three hui up and down the country last year.

Daisy Nobel says, at the last hui in December, Ngaruahine joined up with another Taranaki iwi, Te Atiawa, who are also going through the Treaty settlements process.

She says the collaboration meant more people attended the meeting and both iwi recognised this was a better way of making progress and are keen for others to come on board as well.

Ms Nobel says Ngaruahine iwi members are keen to unite with other iwi in the rohe.

She says the role of the Taranaki Maori Trust Board in its Treaty settlements is also part of the on-going korero.

Ms Nobel says the Crown has indicated that it won't address any treaty claims in relation to Mount Taranaki until all eight iwi have had their separate Treaty claims settled.