Claimants want answer on spectrum progress

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(Source | Waatea News) Maori spectrum claimants will ask the Government why it is holding up efforts to work out how Maori should share in the latest reallocation of frequencies.

Piripi Walker from the Wellington Maori language board, Nga Kaiwhakapumau i te reo, says a national hui has been briefed on what has happened in the year since claimants agreed to defer their Waitangi Tribunal hearing on fourth generation spectrum and form a joint working party with Crown officials.

The latest claim was in response to the freeing up of frequencies caused by the shift from analogue to digital television.

Mr Walker says a paper was prepared to go to Cabinet in September, but the responsible ministers haven’t put it forward.

We’re going to seek out a full answer from the Crown on where its going and our job then is to listen/ Were in negotiations and they require good faith and then well see where we go from there, he says.

Mr Walker says the history of spectrum claims over the past 20 years is that the politicians are unwilling to accept strong findings by the Waitangi Tribunal and the courts that Maori have rights to spectrum.

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