A South Taranaki iwi authority is in the throes of a leadership stoush.
Last week, seven Ngaruahine iwi members, including Ngati Tu chairman Hori Manuirirangi, took an ad out in the Taranaki Daily News stating they did not recognise Karl Adamson as their iwi authority chairman, and did not authorise any hui held in his name.
Although Mr Manuirirangi would not comment under advice from his lawyer yesterday, the Daily News understands the group wants Mr Adamson to step aside.
Mr Adamson could not be reached for comment.
The leadership wrangle comes as the iwi counts down to a multimillion-dollar Treaty of Waitangi settlement.
Ngaruahine has already received a $13.5 million "down payment", or 20 per cent of its $67.5m settlement, to help develop financial and strategic planning ahead of the final ratification.
The money will be paid into the newly-formed Te Korowai o Ngaruahine Trust, which was created to receive and control the compensation.
The remaining $54m, plus interest, would be paid early next year once the deed of settlement was ratified.
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