7 Mar 2014

Call for Tuhoronuku members to go

8:00 am on 7 March 2014

The head of the Maori Affairs Select Committee is suggesting some members of Treaty mandate body Tuhoronuku should step down so Ngati Hine can play a part in the planned Ngapuhi settlement.

Tuhoronuku, a committee of the tribe's runanga, was chosen by the Government to push ahead with settling Ngapuhi grievances.

That's being opposed by Ngati Hine, which is part of a Ngapuhi alliance against the mandating body.

Maori Select Committee chair Tau Henare says Tuhoronuku needs to see the big picture.

He says the disagreements seem to stem from personality clashes and some of those personalities need to step back and look at what's best for the people of Ngapuhi.

Mr Henare is encouraging Ngati Hine and tribal members in Hokianga to take part in an upcoming election for the mandating body.

The MP plans to send a letter detailing his concerns about the settlement to Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson.