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Turmoil continues for Ngapuhi

Last updated 14:54 24/03/2014

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A group of hapu leaders, Taumata of Ngapuhi, wants the leadership of the group opposed to the current Ngapuhi settlement process to stand down.

''We believe Te Kotahitanga and Tuhoronuku must both unite. Bringing the groups together will have the best settlement outcome in terms of looking after the environmental concerns on land and sea as well as financial compensation within the Ngapuhi rohe,'' spokesman for Te Wakameninga o nga hapu Ngapuhi Bryce Smith says.

An urgent hui has been called to elect new leadership of Te Kotahitanga at Parawhenua Marae on March 29 at 10am. 

Te Kotahitanga o Nga Hapu Ngapuhi opposes Tuhoronuku's mandate, recognised by the Crown, and has threatened to boycott an election process for a new 22 member board.

In the meantime, the Waitangi Tribunal has released a decision on a number of matters relating to claims that have been lodged with it relating to the establishment of Tuhoronuku.

The tribunal supports Ngati Hine's call to delay the process

It agreed that if the Tuhoronuku election process proceeds in the present circumstances, there is a potential for significant prejudice to occur.  

The tribunal states that the Crown has a heightened duty to ensure the process is robust, fair and transparent

It has directed the Crown to advise no later than March 31 as to whether it will agree to pause the Tuhoronuku election process to allow for an urgent hearing.

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