13 Mar 2014

Treaty process unjust, says iwi

7:32 am on 13 March 2014

A Maori social services agency is being accused of committing identity fraud, by claiming to represent tribal members in a Treaty settlement.

The assertion is the latest phase in a campaign by a Palmerston North iwi to stop the Crown dealing with Tanenuiarangi Manawatu Incorporated.

Rangitane ki Manawatu says history is being ignored by officials who are choosing to negotiate with the Incorporation.

Disgruntled members say the settlement registration process being run by the urban authority is unjust, lacks integrity and nullifies the voice and votes of the iwi.

Spokesperson Brigitte Te Awe Awe-Bevan says they're being forced into a position of vulnerability where if they don't go through the process, their voices will be firmly silenced.

Members say the authority falsely claims to represent the views of Rangitane, and they're disturbed the urban authority continues to be supported by the Office of Treaty Settlement.

Tanenuiarangi Manawatu Incorporated has not responded to Te Manu Korihi's request for comment.