Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Whakatohea Mandate Application Adjouned Until The Crown Acts In Good Faith

The Waitangi Tribunal released its decision on the Whakatōhea Mandate Inquiry yesterday 3 days post election and has decided not to grant urgency at this time due to the uncertainty of when the Crown will make a final decision as to final settlement or to seek ratification.

“I am content with the decision at this time by Judge Savage as he highlights that the conflict in Whakatohea is unfortunate it isn’t exceptional and he understands the whakapapa of conflict that exists. He captures all our concerns since his decision to grant the first urgency back in 2017. The onus is back on the Crown to act in good faith otherwise we will continue to litigate” says Ms Te Ringahuia Hata, one of the applicants.

“The concerns of the hapū and other claimants are put squarely before the Tribunal again and now we seek to resolve issues like withdrawal of hapū claims from the Deed”

Ms Hata brought the application along with Hon Tuariki Delamere against the Crown in June of this year with the support of 20 Wai claimants and five hapū whom all oppose the Whakatohea Pre-settlement Trust’s Mandate to negotiate their claims on their behalf.

“We have officially put the Crown on notice and the application has been adjourned” says Mr Delamere.

“Judge Savage made further comments and signalled to the Crown that it is the parties obligation to sort these issues out in good faith so we intend to meet with the Crown directly. It’s a win-win for all parties in my view because we won’t be going away anytime soon until the Crown recognise that they are negotiating with an empty vessel and an entity that doesn’t have a robust mandate by any standards. We look forward to our discussions with the Crown"

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Whether We Should Be Betting Quite So Heavily On Astra Zeneca’s Covid Vaccine

According to this week’s Speech from the Throne, maintaining public safety during the pandemic will remain the government’s top priority. Next year will (hopefully) bring the rolling out of a free vaccination against Covid-19 to New Zealander. Currently, there are three possible vaccine contenders but the effectiveness of the vaccine will be only one of the factors determining which vaccine will pre-dominate. On the basis of the cost per dose, and the ease of manufacture, storage and distribution, the Astra Zeneca/Oxford University vaccine will almost certainly be the prime choice for New Zealand, at least initially... More>>


New Zealand Government: Speech From The Throne

It is my privilege to exercise the prerogative of Her Majesty the Queen and open the 53rd Parliament.
In the October election, New Zealanders elected a majority Government for the first time under our Mixed Member Proportional electoral system... More>>

Grant Robertson: Government To Review Housing Settings

New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus More>>


Law Commission: Recommends New DNA Laws For Criminal Investigations

Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission today released a report that recommends a new, comprehensive regime to control how DNA is obtained, used and retained for criminal investigations. The report has revealed significant gaps in the operation ... More>>


New Zealand Government: To Declare A Climate Emergency

The Government will declare a climate emergency next week, Climate Change Minister James Shaw said today. “We are in the midst of a climate crisis that will impact on nearly every aspect of our lives and the type of planet our children will inherit ... More>>


Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>


Green Party: Announce Portfolio Reshuffle With Talented And Energised Caucus Team

“The Green Party caucus offers a breadth of talent and energy to the Parliament this term. In ten MPs you have a small business owner, a human rights lawyer, an academic, a climate negotiator, a transport planner, and so much more”, Green Party ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels