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Hui Ngapuhi sends sturdy message of condemnation


Rihari Dargaville of the Kahui Taumata o Waitangi, says that yesterday’s 28th Oct 2015 hui of 750-800 Ngapuhi held at Te Tii Waitangi to Commemorate the 180th year of the signing of the He Whakaputanga / Declaration of Independence 1835, were unanimous in their condemnation of the Crown and their imposed policies on Ngapuhi, the biggest nation of subtribes in New Zealand 126,000 as at the 2013 census.

It is without doubt that this is the biggest ever turnout of Ngapuhi and other tribes affiliated to He Whakaputanga 1835 in recent years. The spirit of unity was imminently obvious.

Many sceptics would have expected this to be an internal brawl of words. The key resolution towards the end of the day was:

THAT the mana of Ngapuhi would not bend to the will of the Crown.

The whole whare stood in support of this resolution.

This clears the way for Ngapuhi to acknowledge the findings of the Tribunal Report November 2014, stating:

THAT Ngapuhi did not cede sovereignty.

No longer can the Minister make statements like government is sovereign, especially when dealing with Ngapuhi.

Rihari Dargaville says it is obvious that the direct Negotiations model with the Crown, is not working in the best interests of the Crown, therefore the Government will inject more funding to get the model it is seeking, over the line.

Yesterday’s hui was a strong indication that Ngapuhi have had enough of this political pursuit that is causing more division amongst our people.

Until such time as this question of rangatiratanga is addressed between the Government and Ngapuhi there will be no enduring settlement.

KARANGA NGAPUHI will call a hui with the Crown as soon as possible at Te Tii Waitangi Marae.


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