7 May 2012

End of year settlement date for Ngai Tuhoe

6:27 am on 7 May 2012

Bay of Plenty iwi Ngai Tuhoe says it hopes to reach a settlement with the Crown by the end of this year.

At a summit regarding the future of Te Urewera National Park, Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson said the park is an essential element of a comprehensive agreement with Ngai Tuhoe.

Tuhoe chief negotiator Tamati Kruger believes negotiations are on track to reach an agreement by 1 December.

Mr Finlayson wouldn't give a settlement date, but did express hope it would be before the next election.