The tribal leaders of Waikato-Tainui have resolved to support mana whenua to address the issues surrounding Ihumātao.
At their AGM in Hopuhopu today, Te Whakakitenga o Waikato agreed to support a tikanga-based approach for the mana whenua of Ihumātao to engage in a process to have their issues fully resolved.
Te Whakakitenga Chair Parekawhia McLean said the Parliament recognised the fundamental principle of mana whenua to make decisions on its whenua as haukainga.
“We recognise that some of our tribal members have different views on Ihumātao, but we respect and honour the mana whenua to make decisions in their rohe.
“We will offer hau kainga support to facilitate further koorero at both a rangatahi and kaumaatua level to ensure there is a safe process that’s in accordance with our tikanga and tribal values.”
Te Arataura Chair Rukumoana Schaafhausen said the tribe welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement no building will take place at Ihumātao while further discussions take place.
“Now is the time for iwi leaders to come together to recognise their collective mana and to successfully resolve our differences on the issues involved.”