17 Feb 2012

Tribal members may miss settlement vote

6:29 am on 17 February 2012

A Far North iwi on the verge of voting on a Treaty settlement offer says it's struggling to track down members to hear their views.

Te Rarawa leaders have been on the road outside their rohe, meeting iwi members at hui in Hamilton, Auckland, Rotorua and Wellington.

The tribe stands to regain nearly $34 million, plus Crown assets which include two Landcorp farms.

But chairperson Haami Piripi says it's a challenge to reach some members and send them settlement voting papers.

He says there's a reluctance for people to register on an iwi database because they fear the information might be misused or passed on to somebody else.

Mr Piripi says voting on the ratification closes on 25 February.