Statement on Treaty negotiations with Ngai TuhoeTreaty of Waitangi Negotiations
At no point in the negotiations have Ngai Tuhoe asked for any form of separatism from New Zealand or an independent Tuhoe state. Those issues are simply not part of any negotiation the Crown is undertaking. The Crown has not, and will not, make any offer to Ngai Tuhoe that includes such forms of redress. Any claims by TV3 or other media organisations are simply untrue.
The Crown and Ngai Tuhoe have been engaged in negotiations for nearly two years. The negotiations raise a number of complex issues which both parties are working through in a constructive manner and we hope to see progress in the near future.
Ngai Tuhoe have discussed the importance of Te Uruwera and the Crown is currently exploring with them what form any redress might take. The Crown has made clear its position that any settlement must recognise the rights of all New Zealanders, including public access and conservation values.