Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Central North Island Treaty discussions continue

Central North Island Treaty discussions continue

Treaty Negotiations Minister Margaret Wilson will again meet with central North Island tribes to continue discussions on how Treaty claims in the region can move forward.

Cabinet on Monday agreed to continue the dialogue that formally began in December when the Minister met with Ngati Tuwharetoa Paramount Chief Tumu Te Heuheu and other CNI claimants.

Since then, former Cabinet Minister David Caygill has been facilitating the discussions for the Crown. There have been several meetings with claimants, and the Crown Forestry Rental Trust funded a series of hui for claimants to meet and consider the issues involved in progressing claims.

Talks have included representatives of the Te Arawa and Mataatua waka, which include the large tribal confederations of Tuwharetoa, Te Arawa and Tuhoe, and the tribes of Ngati Manawa and Ngati Whare. The claims of these groups stretch from Taupo to the Bay of Plenty and include large areas of Crown forest land.

Key issues under consideration include:

what groups want to engage in any negotiations how they would come together who might represent them how negotiations would relate to the Waitangi Tribunal inquiries in the region that are planned or under way.

The Minister will outline her views on the future direction of the discussions at a meeting in Taupo on 23 April.

“There has been good progress, and both the Crown and claimants agree that we need to continue,” Margaret Wilson says.

“The dialogue has been helpful and soon it will be time to start negotiations”.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news