3 Jun 2014

Finlayson gives assurance over talks

7:53 am on 3 June 2014

Maori politicians have been assured that sub-tribes of the Northland iwi Ngapuhi will not be locked out of discussions on their specific interests.

Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson told Parliament's Maori Affairs Select Committee last week progress was being made on reaching settlement with the country's largest iwi.

The Crown had agreed to recognise the Tuhoronuku mandate under several conditions, including developing a plan which recognised specific hapu interests.

Mr Finlayson said there would be many fascinating hapu-specific cultural matters to address, such as Ngawha Springs, Lake Omapere and Poroti Springs, and gave an assurance hapu would not be locked out of any discussions on sensitive matters.