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Sonny Tau resigns as chairman of Te Rūnanga ā iwi o Ngāpuhi

Ngāpuhi leader Sonny Tau resigns as chairman of Te Rūnanga ā iwi o Ngāpuhi

Māni Dunlop, Māori news director
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui, Te Manu Korihi Reporter

Ngāpuhi leader Sonny Tau has resigned as the chairman of Te Rūnanga ā iwi o Ngāpuhi.

Sonny Tau Photo: RNZ / YouTube

The 66-year-old was also the leader of Tūhoronuku.

A rūnanga spokesperson has confirmed he has resigned.

Mr Tau has been the chair of Ngāpuhi since 2009.

The reasons behind his resignation are unclear at this stage.

He was re-elected to the chair in August, following one of the highest voting turnouts for the rūnanga.

At the time, the rūnanga said that the election attracted one of the highest voting returns ever seen in takiwā elections and demonstrates the level of interest in Ngāpuhi.

However, Raniera Tau who is also known as Sonny, is not new to controversy.

He was also the head of Tūhoronuku which initially was recognised by the Crown as having the mandate to negotiate Ngāpuhi's Treaty settlement - which came up against strong opposition from a range of hapū.

As a result, last year, a renewed mandate proposal was voted against and the settlement has been put on hold since.

Mr Tau was last year convicted of killing kererū and conspiring to pervert the course of justice with an attempted cover-up.

A statement from the rūnanga is due out shortly.

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