Tainui boycotts govt’s “consultation” hui

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(RadioNZ) Maori Council executives have toldRadio New Zealandthat no tribes from the Tainui region are going to the Government’s consultation hui on water rights.

The first of six hui with tangata whenua is being held in Hamilton on Tuesday, but Maori Council co-chair Maanu Paul says has heard that no iwi are going.

Finance Minister Bill English was expected to be meeting with tribes, including Waikato-Tainui, Hauraki, Ngati Maniapoto, Ngati Raukawa and Ngati Koroki Kahukura.

The hui is due to talk about the Government’s plan to sell shares in some state-owned power companies, including Mighty River Power, which has hydro-dams along the Waikato River.

Waikato-Tainui and Ngati Koroki Kahukura say they are not going to the meeting.

Waikato-Tainui says it won’t attend because it wants to have clarity about what other iwi and hapu are doing before it enters talks.

Ngati Koroki Kahukura says it has told the Government what it wants.

Meanwhile, Ngati Maniapoto and Ngati Raukawa couldn’t be reached on Monday night.

A Hauraki representative said he planned to go to the first hui.

 

 

1 COMMENT

  1. Bill English or should I say English Bill
    you have mail and it reads

    NOT one more acre of land,
    Not one more grain of sand,
    Not one more ocean or lake,
    Not one more river or stream,
    Nor a well or spring,
    To be taken,
    AOTEAROA is NOT 4sale

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