14 Nov 2012

Rangitane dissidents wait on minister's response

6:38 am on 14 November 2012

Descendants of a Palmerston North tribe say they had to hassle the Government for a meeting to press their case for the Crown to not prematurely settle a Waitangi Treaty claim with an urban authority.

A delegation of Rangitane people has held talks with the Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson and is waiting for his response.

The Crown is poised to initial a deed of settlement with Tanenuiarangi Manawatu Incorporated.

But Brigitte Te Awe Awe-Bevan, a Rangitane descendant, and other tribal members say the urban authority doesn't represent them.

Ms Te Awe Awe-Bevan says she gave the minister a message that her people are not informed

and the real people have been left out.

She says Mr Finlayson gave an assurance that he was going to go away and look at the issue with depth.

But Ms Te Awe Awe-Bevan says she's still waiting for a response since last week's meeting in Wellington.