Labour candidate could threaten Treaty settlement
2 June 2014
Labour candidate for
Tamaki Makaurau electorate could threaten Treaty
The selection of Peeni Henare as Labour’s
candidate for the Tamaki Makaurau seat could threaten the
settlement of the country’s largest Treaty settlement,
between the Crown and Ngapuhi.
This is according to
Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin, who says that Henare
represents Ngati Hine, which has been a firm opponent of
Ngapuhi’s proposed settlement with the Crown.
find strange,” says Mr Rankin, “is that Labour has put
Henare forward as a candidate without realising that he and
his whanau have campaigned actively against Ngapuhi’s
efforts to resolve this major claim.”
“And what is
really concerning is that our people continue to suffer as
long as the claim remains unresolved” says Mr Rankin.
“But for Henare, his commitment to his iwi, Ngati Hine,
is a direct obstacle to any agreement being reached. Ngati
Hine has accused Ngapuhi of lacking any mandate, and this is
holding back any settlement.”
Mr Rankin expects Mr
Henare to make a statement on the Ngapuhi settlement within
the next two weeks. “Otherwise”, as he says, “the
distrust for Labour’s candidate will
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