8 Apr 2013

Ngai Tai ki Tamaki treaty negotiator voted out

7:33 pm on 8 April 2013

An Auckland tribal treaty negotiator has lost her job after being voted out by her people.

Ngai Tai ki Tamaki Tribal Trust called a hui-a-iwi (tribal meeting) at the weekend to determine whether to remove trustee Emily Karaka as a negotiator.

The weekend hui was chaired by an independent person appointed by the Ministry of Maori Development.

Emily Karaka says 37 people voted for her to go, while seven voted to keep her.

She says she remains a trustee.

However, the High Court last month ruled that all trustees must step down and an election be held, because the trust is split in two.

Despite losing her role as a treaty negotiator, Ms Karaka says she plans to stand for re-election as a trustee.