9 Jul 2017

Court bid to stop Ngāti Tūwharetoa treaty deal

2:56 pm on 9 July 2017

A hapū trust is heading to court to try and stop the treaty deal signed by Ngāti Tūwharetoa and the Crown.

Hundreds of people attended the signing of a Deed of Settlement between Ngāti Tūwharetoa and the Crown.

Hundreds of people attended Saturday's signing between Ngāti Tūwharetoa and the Crown in Taupō. Photo: RNZ / Shannon Haunui-Thompson

The iwi signed a deed of settlement with the Crown in Taupō yesterday.

But not all of those within the iwi are happy with the agreement.

Te Matai Trust, which represents some hapū members of Tutemohuta, has lodged an injunction to stop the deed of settlement proceeding through Parliament.

Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson delivered the Crown apology to a receptive crowd at Waiteteko Marae, with just one protester voicing opposition at the time.

But Te Matai Trust representative Nigel Baker told Māori Television they wanted the Pakaututu block, which was confiscated by the Crown, returned to them.

Ngāti Tūwharetoa said their door had always been open to sort out the issue.

The injunction bid is expected to be heard tomorrow in the High Court in Wellington.