There's a new government and a new Treaty negotiations minister, but disagreement over the Ngāpuhi settlement remains.
What a settlement for Ngāpuhi should look like and how negotiations should take place has been the subject of disagreement from the beginning and while the new Minister of Treaty Negotiations, Andrew Little, provided people with hope, Pita Tipene, the co-chairman of Te Kotahitanga o Ngā Hapū o Ngāpuhi, said things haven't changed.
"I said to [Little] 'you have come in with a predetermined position and you are just trying to bulldoze over the top of it and your predecessor tried the same thing. I would suggest you learn from his mistakes,'" Tipene said.
Te Kotahitanga is the group which opposed the Crown's recognition of Tūhoronuku's mandate in 2014 to negotiate claims on behalf of Ngāpuhi.
The Northern Advocate contacted Tūhoronuku chairman Hone Sadler for comment but he did not respond by edition time..
After a change of Government last year, Little became the new Minister of Treaty Negotiations, replacing Chris Finlayson, and dove straight into the role by holding meetings with Te Kotahitanga, Tūhoronuku, and the public late last year.
He disputed comments his approach was the same as Finlayson's.
"Chris Finlayson hasn't spent many hours dealing directly with people and engaging with people where as I have," he said.
Little has also held seven meetings with the leaders of Tūhoronuku and Te Kotahitanga since March.
Tipene said he believed Little came in with a predetermined position to have one single entity negotiating on behalf of all of Ngāpuhi, and one entity to receive "all of the cash".
"That is exactly the same as the first settlement that happened in 2005, which was the Fisheries Settlement, where $60 million was received by Te Runanga-a-iwi o Ngāpuhi ... the money isn't going to the people as everyone was told.
"I have opposed that right from the start. What we've been pushing for is six sub-regional taiwhenua settlements," Tipene said.
But Little said there were multiple levels to his proposal — a regional level, and a Ngāpuhi wide level.
He said the idea is that each hapu would elect representatives to sit at a taiwhenua (district) level, the taiwhenua would negotiate various forms of redress directly with the Crown and then there's a level where common issues would be negotiated.
He said there were many reasons for this including ensuring all Ngāpuhi who live outside of Northland had a say and benefited from settlement.
"But the way Ngāpuhi chooses to manage whatever redress they get is a matter for Ngāpuhi and there are plenty of models which allow regional structures to be funded on a year to year basis."
This weekend Little will be putting his proposal in front of the people of Ngāpuhi to seek feedback.
But Tipene said notice of meetings was short and when the proposal was put in front of attendees at a Te Kotahitanga meeting last week, it was rejected.
"The Minister is trying to do this quick and dirty and it's not fair," he said.
Meetings will be held at Ōtangarei Marae in Whangārei from 6pm; on Saturday from 9am at Mangakahia Sports Complex, Kaikohe RSA from 1pm and the Copthorne Hokianga from 4pm; and on Sunday at Whangaroa College from 9am and Whitiora Marae at 12pm.
NGĀPUHI TREATY SETTLEMENT - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
* Ngāpuhi is the largest iwi in the country with more than 120,000 people who affiliate with the iwi.
* In 2014 the Government recognised Tūhoronuku as the mandated authority to negotiate Treaty of Waitangi claims on behalf of Ngāpuhi.
* Te Kotahitanga and several hapu opposed the recognition of this mandate and went to the Waitangi Tribunal requesting an urgent inquiry.
* In 2015 the Waitangi Tribunal released a report which found while Tūhoronuku's mandate was sound, its structures undermined hapu rangatiratanga.
* An engagement group comprising members of Tūhoronuku, Te Kotahitanga, and the Crown was established to address the issues in the tribunal's report.
* Maranga Mai, a report which recommended a way forward, was produced. Tuhoronuku did not accept that report in its entirety.
* In 2017 Labour came into Government and Andrew Little became Minister of Treaty Negotiations. He held hui in Waitangi in November and around Northland in December.
* In March Andrew Little met Te Kotahitanga co-leaders Rudy Taylor and Pita Tipene, and Tūhoronuku chairman Hone Sadler and deputy chairman Sonny Tau - seven meetings have been held since.