3 Apr 2013

Tuhoe leader hopes relationships will mend

11:01 am on 3 April 2013

Ngai Tuhoe leader Tamati Kruger hopes relationships with iwi members who are unhappy with the tribe's Deed of Settlement can be repaired.

Tuhoe and the Crown initialled a package at Parliament on 22 March which includes a Crown apology and acknowledgement of Treaty of Waitangi breaches.

It provides redress worth about $170 million, which includes its slice in the Kaingaroa Forest, near Rotorua.

A group of Tuhoe Waitangi Tribunal claimants, Te Umutaoroa, has pulled away from the tribe's mandated negotiating body Te Kotahi a Tuhoe.

Mr Kruger says efforts to resolve the issues will continue and the iwi will not reject or eject any hapu.

He hopes relationships can be repaired so they can work together.