A statement was issued by the Office of the Maaori King yesterday saying the following:
King Tuheitia is pleased that the decision by the Court today will assist in bringing this issue back into the Waikato-Tainui house. It is the view of the King, and of Te Arataura, that this is not a matter for the Courts but for Te Kauhanganui – the tribal parliament. The unnecessary action and the pain that Mrs Martin has inflicted on Waikato-Tainui has caused the King to lose confidence in her ability to fill the role of Chair of Te Kauhanganui.
He maintains his withdrawal of support for her to remain in that position.
Office of the Maaori King
Hone Edwards 021 286 0832