14 Jun 2013

Fires lit as part of Treaty protest

8:36 am on 14 June 2013

The iwi ofTe Upokorehe has lit two fires in Bay of Plenty as part of its protest against Tuhoe's Treaty settlement.

The controlled fires were lit at dawn at the Waiotahi rivermouth and at a pa site overlooking the Ohiwa harbour.

Ngai Tuhoe signed its Deed of Settlement early this month, settling its historical grievances with the Crown - which included $170 million compensation.

But Te Upokorehe, which is made up of five sub tribes, say its territory has been wrongly included in the deed.

Tribal spokesperson Kahukore Baker says the fires represent the tribe's ahi kaa (home fires) which mark their territory.

She says it's not too late for the Crown to make changes to the deed before it is legislated.