Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Waitangi Tribunal Grants Urgent Hearing for Whakatōhea

Waitangi Tribunal Grants Urgent Hearing for Whakatōhea

Waitangi Tribunal Deputy Judge Savage has granted an urgent hearing to the applicants of Whakatōhea from Ngai Tamahaua, Ngāti Ira, Ngāti Patu, Ngāti Rua and claimants of whānau whose claims are part of the wider impacts of Raupatu within Whakatohea such as the Mokomoko whānau,Te Kahika whānau and others.

“We are rapt with the Judge’s decision said Mr Te Rua Rakuraku the lead claimant for Ngati Ira.

“Not only does the Judge recognise that Ngāti Ira and Ngai Tama met the threshold for withdrawal of our claims from the Pre-Settlement Trust, but that it is probable that we exceeded the 5% threshold which was the minimal threshold required.”

“The answer is simple for us, and we are expressing it in the strongest terms to the Whakatohea Pre Settlement Claims Trust’ said Mr Rakuraku

“Give our claim back. You have no right to proceed in the way you are and to continue manufacturing consent from the statistics that are now public which do not match your rhetoric Your right of representation is questionable as are the Crown processes that recognise that right.”

Anei te whakamarama ki a koutou, mā Ngāti Ira e korero mō Ngāti Ira ehara ma te Karauna me nga pereweta a te karauna te WPCT” says Mr Rakuraku.

“Our iwi are up against Finalyson’s clock and the Crown’s agenda at the expense of the integrity of our claims and our people have fallen for it hook, line and sinker. It’s election year that’s why.” says Tracy Hillier, one of the main claimants for Ngai Tamahaua.

The Crown has signaled to the Tribunal that they they will continue ahead with the signing of the Agreement in Principle with the Whakatohea Pre-Settlement Claims Trust claiming all parties will be able to reappraise their position in litigation.

The claimants note that given the clear dissent it is unsurprising that this signing will be taking place in Wellington away from the scrutiny of the people.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Covid-19, 17/9: 1,007 Overall Cases, 4,500,000+ Vaccine Doses Administered

11 new cases of Covid-19 have been identified in Auckland today. 535 so far have recovered from their cases in Auckland alongside 15 of 17 in Wellington... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On the moral and scientific case against Covid booster shots

A year ago, a Covid vaccine was still on humanity’s wish list. Now, we’re basing our economic planning - and the safety of opening our borders – on the ability of the new Covid vaccines to reduce infection, hospitalisation and death. Given this reliance and in the face of an evolving virus, there is a lot of anxiety about how well the vaccines protect us, and for how long. Will we need booster shots, and how soon..? More>>


Trans-Tasman: Quarantine-free travel with Australia to remain suspended for a further 8 weeks
The suspension of quarantine-free travel (QFT) with Australia has been extended, given the current Delta outbreaks, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “When QFT was established with Australia, both our countries had very few recent cases of COVID-19 community transmission... More>>

Auckland: School holidays remain unchanged

School holidays in Auckland will continue to be held at the same time as the rest of the country, starting from Saturday, 2 October, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “I’ve carefully considered advice on the implications of shifting the dates and concluded that on balance, maintaining the status quo is the best course of action... More>>


Government: Timeline confirmed for Emissions Reductions Plan

Cabinet has agreed to begin consulting on the Emissions Reduction Plan in early October and require that the final plan be released by the end of May next year in line with the 2022 Budget, the Minister of Climate Change, James Shaw confirmed today... More>>


Power: Bill Changes Bring Fairness To Charges

A key recommendation of an independent panel to make electricity charges fairer across all households will be put in place, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced... More>>

Government: Parks expiry of licenses, WoFs and regos
As a result of the Delta outbreak, driver licences, Warrants of Fitness (WoFs), Certificates of Fitness (CoFs), vehicle licences (‘regos’) and licence endorsements that expired on or after 21 July 2021 will be valid until 30 November 2021, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today... More>>

Child Poverty Action Group: Highest jump in weekly benefit numbers since first lockdown

The current lockdown has triggered the largest weekly increase in benefit recipient numbers since the first lockdown last year, and Child Poverty Action Group is concerned the Government isn't doing enough to assist affected families... More>>




InfoPages News Channels