Ngapuhi Treaty claims mandate still undecided

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Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson. Photo/File
Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson. Photo/File

The future of Tuhoronuku's mandate to negotiate Treaty claims on behalf of Ngapuhi is still up in the air.

Minister of Treaty Negotiations, Chris Finlayson, is yet to make a decision on whether the Crown will continue to recognise the mandate or not.

The future of the mandate has been uncertain after Mr Finlayson told Tuhoronuku chairman Hone Sadler he would be reassessing the mandate if the recommendations in the Maranga Mai report, which recommends a way forward for Ngapuhi, were not accepted.

A meeting on Friday saw the board vote 15-6 to accept Maranga Mai and allow a transition of its mandate to a new group to take place if certain conditions were met.

Minister Finlayson yesterday said he would be considering advice from officials and speaking with Tuhoronuku before making comment.

- Northern Advocate

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