29 Aug 2012

Good progress on Tuhoe deal - Govt

9:44 am on 29 August 2012

Government officials say there are signs of good progress being made in Waitangi Treaty settlement negotiations with Tuhoe.

In May, one of the iwi's leaders said talks were in jeopardy following the jailing of two of the so-called Urewera Four on firearms charges, which shocked and stunned local heamana (tribal chairs).

But the Government says negotiations between the Crown and Tuhoe over a comprehensive agreement to settle historical grievances are continuing.

A social action plan to improve the lives of people in Te Urewera was signed by Cabinet on Tuesday, a step which Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson says is indicative of good progress.

Tuhoe representatives couldn't be reached for comment.