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A Whakatohea claimant says her hapu doesn’t want to talk settlement until all the eastern Bay of Plenty iwi’s claims are heard by the Waitangi tribunal.

Tracey Hillier says Ngai Tamahaua is challenging the appointment of negotiators by the Whakatohea Pre-settlement Trust.

She says one negotiator, Maui Hudson, is from Ngati Tamahaua but the hapu had no say in his appointment, and the other, lawyer Jason Pou, is from Ngapuhi.

It’s 20 years since the iwi rejected a $40 million settlement offer negotiated by the late Whakatohea Maori Trust Board head Claude Edwards and treaty negotiations minister Sir Douglas Graham.

Ms Hillier says nothing has changed.

"We are the last area who have not had the opportunity to have a full inquiry before the Waitangi Tribunal and our hapu have asked, our rangatira have asked, our tipuna have asked for that legal opportunity to be part of that process," she says.

Tracey Hillier says Ngati Tamahaua wants to put some new arguments before the Waitangi Tribunal, including changes over the past 20 years in international recognition of indigenous rights, and the increased importance of hapu to the settlement process as laid out in the Waitangi Tribunal’s Ngapuhi Mandate Report.



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