27 Apr 2012

Aucklander poised to protest if Crown Treaty deal stalls

6:32 am on 27 April 2012

A member of Auckland's largest hapu says she's prepared to protest if her tribe's Treaty Settlement deal is derailed.

The bill to legislate the Crown package for Ngati Whatua o Orakei is being scrutinised by the Maori Affairs Select Committee.

Some Aucklanders are arguing a piece of Devonport whenua shouldn't go to the sub-tribe - it should become a reserve.

Ngahuia Hawke of Ngati Whatua o Orakei says she doesn't want her kaumatua (elders) to wait any longer for redress.

She says she'd be motivated to make a stand and protest with a placard.

Ms Hawke says she'd give objectors an historical account.

She says she's being hearing historical events from people who've lived in Devonport for 40 years, while some Maori have been in Aotearoa before the big migration on the waka.