The Prime Minister has been invited by Te Toi o Mātaatua to participate in conversations concerning the tribes in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

We understand that representatives from Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Awa, Te Whakatōhea, Te Whanau a Apanui, Ngai Tai and Ngāi Tūhoe will be present at this meeting.

Deputy chair of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, Pouroto Ngaropo says that one of the main concerns that will be discussed is based on the water rights issues in New Zealand.

Ko Te Toi o Mātaatua ngā kaipōhiri i te pirimia o Aotearoa me tōna tira kia tae mai ki tēnei rohe tūtaki, kōrero ai ki ngā iwi o Mātaatua.  Kua rongo mai mātou, he māngai ka tae mai i a Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Awa, Te Whakatōhea, Te Whanau a Apanui, Ngai Tai me Ngāi Tūhoe.  Ki tā ngā kōrero mai te heamana tuarua o Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa a Pouroto Ngaropo ko tētahi o ngā kaupapa nui ka puta e pā ana ki te mana pupuri o te wai ki roto o Aotearoa.