15 Feb 2012

Iwi on the road to ratify settlement package

7:10 pm on 15 February 2012

A Far North tribe says it's encountering a lot of questions, a discerning audience, and applause - as it continues to hold hui to decide whether to ratify its proposed Treaty settlement.

Te Rarawa leaders are on the road outside its rohe, meeting iwi members.

The deal on the table includes financial compensation of more than $30 million, properties in Kaitaia, two Landcorp farms, a share of the Aupouri forest, and forestry licences.

Te Rarawa's chairperson Haami Piripi says his people in Tamaki Makaurau have a broad view and an eye for the big picture.

He says members want to know to what extent the tribe's treaty negotiators have conceded ground to the Crown.

Mr Piripi says consultation hui continued in Rotorua on Wednesday, and heads to Wellington on Thursday.

Voting on the ratification closes on 25 February.