May 10, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Ngati Oneone fights assimilation into Ngati Porou

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(Waatea News) Prime Minister John Key says the government is on track to meet its target of having all historic treaty claim settlements completed by 2014.

Mr Key says Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson briefed both cabinet and caucus this week on progress.

He is very goal focused. He wants to get to the point where he really does complete settlements by 2014. We all know hats a big challenge but he is putting his best foot forward. Hes got a lot of mandates signed up. Theres some big ones coming. Ngati Porou is a good example of that. Ngati Whatua as well looking in great shape. The far north, Sonny Tau wanting to get over the line, Mr Key says.

Meanwhile, Gisborne claimants are fighting a rearguard action to stop their claims being washed into the Ngati Porou settlement.

Ngati Oneone claimants from the Kaiti area on the eastern side of the city have asked the Waitangi Tribunal for an urgent hearing on whether their claims should be heard.

Earlier this year the tribunal stopped hearing East Coast claims pending negotiation of a settlement by Te Runanga o Ngati Porou.

Lawyer Charl Hirschfeld says what the Crown and the Ngati Porou Runanga are doing to Ngati Oneone breaches the assimilation clause of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

They don’t see themselves as Ngati Porou, they never have, and if this settlement goes ahead in an unqualified fashion which doesnt take account of them as separate and independent, they say in effect thats a form of forced assimilation which is something contrary to the declaration, he says.

Mr Hirschfeld says Ngati Oneone have also asked the Waitangi Tribunal to take Craig Coxhead off the claim, as he was the judge who put all the other East Coast hearings on hold.

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