2 Oct 2012

Moriori pin hopes on Finlayson

9:00 pm on 2 October 2012

A Moriori leader on the Chatham Islands says she has a lot of faith in the Government 's capability to advance the customary claims of her people.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson was part of a recent tour to the islands and spoke to Moriori and Maori leaders about their treaty claims.

Hokotehi Moriori Trust chair Shirley King says she has confidence in Mr Finlayson as he's interested in the history of Rekohu, or the Chatham Islands.

She says he has shown a genuine regard in trying to resolve local grievances between Moriori and Maori.

Ms King says she congratulated Mr Finlayson for settling the Ngai Tahu and Tuhoe claims, which were two of the biggest treaty settlements.

She says Mr Finlayson is passionate about working towards a settlement for the Chathams before his career ends as the Treaty Negotiations Minister.