30 May 2013

Hapu asserts forestry rights

7:44 pm on 30 May 2013

A Tuhoe hapu has been at the Waitangi Tribunal in Wellington for legal talks over the Kaingaroa Forest.

Ngati Haka Patuheuheu is asserting its rights to whenua in the central North Island.

The Crown has already returned large forestry blocks to eight iwi, who are yet to share the land between them following a settlement known as the CNI.

Hapu spokesperson Robert Pouwhare says the sub-tribe has its own mana and wants 10% of Kaingaroa.

He says throughout the whole of the CNI inquiry, the hapu presented its claims separately from Ngai Tuhoe.

Mr Pouwhare says the hapu is seeking remedy.