13 Nov 2013

Tuwharetoa sceptical about Government's next step

7:57 pm on 13 November 2013

Ngati Tuwharetoa is sceptical about the Government's next move following a Waitangi Tribunal report detailing a raft of Crown breaches against the iwi.

The Tongariro National Park district inquiry, released on Tuesday, has found central North Island Maori never gave up their rights to the park's mountains or waterways.

It recommends that new agreements be made for the management of the Tongariro National Park and Power Scheme, and iwi receive compensation.

However the tribunal's reports are non-binding.

A leader of one iwi involved, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Napa Otimi says he has some concerns about this Government and how it will respond to the report.

He says the Government has chosen not to listen to the tribunal's findings in the past.