Ngati Kahu negotiator draws line on protests and AIP

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(Source | Waatea News) The chief negotiator for Ngati Kahu doesn’t believe the occupation of land at Taipa will affect the agreement in principle signed by tribal representatives earlier this year.

John and Wikatana Popata today led a group onto a section at the far north township adjoining the council reserve they were removed from last week.

It’s the latest in a series of occupations that started at the former Taipa Motor Camp in January.

Margaret Mutu, who is also chair of Te Runanga o Ngati Kahu, says the tribe gave the brothers the mandate to work for the return of the 95 percent of former Ngati Kahu land that is not coming back in the proposed settlement.

The boys have asked me, I was there with them at a hui last Thursday, and they said please whaea, we do not want to threaten the existing agreement in principle because we know thats what our kaumatua said our generation was to take, but will this threaten it? and I said youve just got to make it very clear that you do not want to threaten the current agreement in principle but you do want to see justice, Dr Mutu says.

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