18 Jun 2013

WAI 262 response disappointing - Te Rarawa

6:40 am on 18 June 2013

Far North iwi Te Rarawa says it's disappointed with the Government's response to the Waitangi Tribunal's findings on Maori culture, identity and traditional knowledge.

The WAI 262 report came out nearly two years ago, in July 2011.

Among its recommendations: the Tribunal suggested a new commission be set up to protect Maori cultural works against derogatory or offensive uses and unauthorised commercial uses.

Te Runanga o Te Rarawa chair Haami Piripi said there's no excuse for the delay and the issue will never go away.

He said the recommendations are very important to the future of Maori development and sustainability and the report needs to be actioned immediately.

Mr Piripi said the Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson is not to blame for the slow government response.

He said Mr Finlayson has ensured the use of the haka, Ka Mate, is attributed to the iwi Ngati Toa through the tribe's Treaty settlement.