You got love the spin here.
Maori go off to discuss the finer points of something related to the settlement process, but it’s the government’s fault for holding it all up.
The Hauraki District’s mayor says it is hugely disappointing that the Hauraki Collective’s treaty settlement negotiations have been stalled since last December.
Mayor John Tregidga is urging Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson to get on with settling the claims in the Hauraki-Coromandel region.
The mayor said the negotiations were around 99 percent complete, but the minister had refused to negotiate since some Hauraki iwi went to the Waitangi Tribunal over a separate issue of representation on a pan-iwi governance forum in Bay of Plenty.
Mr Tregidga said the delay was a missed opportunity for the region, as he understands the Hauraki iwi would have a balance sheet of about $200 million once the settlement was complete.
“That would make them the biggest business people within the Hauraki District, the Hauraki region, so it is significant,” he said.
“But this isn’t really about that – this is about actually fairness, and the fact that the whole community was expecting settlement by the end of last year, certainly at the latest early this year, and here we are still on hold.” Read more »