Ngāpuhi did not cede sovereignty, why settle?

Feb. 12, 2019, 9:21 a.m.

February 6th marks a special day for Aotearoa as the nation stops to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and it is also a time for Māori to reflect on our relationship with the crown.

With the recent contentious Ngāpuhi evolved mandate process coming to an end, local hapū were forced to take a look at what is important to Māori in the settlement process.

In 2014 the Waitangi Tribunal completed their stage one report which declared the chiefs of Ngāpuhi did not cede their sovereignty when they signed the Treaty of Waitangi.

"Though Britain went into the Treaty negotiation intending to acquire sovereignty, and therefore the power to make and enforce law over both Māori and Pākeha, it did not explain this to the rangatira (chiefs)," the tribunal report said.

These findings have been a key factor in halting negotiations with many hapū within Ngāpuhi as they continue to fight to settle their claims and wait for the stage two (post 1840) findings before making a decision on how to proceed with the crown.

Te Hiku Media took this to the public and asks, given Ngāpuhi did not cede sovereignty, why are we settling?

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