15 Apr 2013

Education key to advance iwi causes

5:39 am on 15 April 2013

One of Ngati Rarua's most senior members wants to see more of the younger generation become politicians or lawyers to advance the iwi's causes.

The Marlborough iwi settled its Treaty settlement with the Crown on Saturday and will receive $12 million dollars in redress, which it will invest in health and welfare services for its members.

Barry Mason, 80, said education is one of the key areas to making sure the iwi sustains its momentum.

He said he would like to see the rangatahi leading the way by becoming politicians, lawyers, doctors, nurses or accountants to support what the tribe wants to achieve.

Mr Mason said Ngati Rarua needs more educated people and young professionals who will become the next Maori leaders.