30 Jan 2012

Iwi unhappy at not being consulted

7:29 pm on 30 January 2012

The Chairman of Ngati Kahungunu hopes a Government decision not to give the iwi the opportunity to be part of a consultation process over the partial sale of several state-owned enterprises is just an administrative oversight.

Next week the Government starts a series of hui from Whangarei to Invercargill to talk with Maori about the legislative changes needed to partially privatise four power companies.

Hawke's Bay, where the majority of New Zealand's second largest iwi live, isn't on the list of venues.

Ngati Kahungunu Chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana says that's a surprise as the Government has been getting at consulting with Maori.

He says the iwi will be contacting the State-Owned Enterprises Minister to ask that the list of hui be altered to include Hawke's Bay.