In the last month Tūhoe has been meeting with representatives from Whakatōhea and Upokorehe to discuss overlapping issues.
But negotiator for Tūhoe Tamati Kruger says that it’s not on a “land grab” situation that Tūhoe wants to be in. The Tuhoe overlapping claim boundary extends south from Waiotahi and takes in the Tahora block, an area of particular interest to Whakatohea hapu Ngati Ira.
Tuhoe met with representatives of the Whakatohea Maori Trust Board and the Tu Ake Whakatohea Collective in one meeting last month and on a separate occasion with the Whakatohea Working Party.
Tu Ake and the working party are both trying to secure the Whakatohea mandate to negotiate a Treaty of Waitangi settlement with the Crown. A third grouping under the Te Urewera Treaty Claims Trust has refused to meet with Tuhoe.
I roto i te marama kua taha ake nei kua tūtaki atu a Ngāi Tūhoe me ngā māngai o Te Whakatōhea me Te Upokorehe kia wānanga i ngā kereme whakawhiti e pā ki a rātou. Ko te whakahau matua mai te kaikōrero o Ngāi Tūhoe i a Tamati Kruger, ehara i te mea he hao whenua to Tūhoe. Ka whiti ngā rohe o Ngāti Tūhoe ki roto o Waiotahi, ki te poara whenua o Tahora kei reira hoki ngā kōrero mo Ngāti Ira o Te Whakatōhea. I hui ai a Tūhoe ki te taha o Te Whakatōhea me te rōpū kereme e kiia nei ko Tu Ake, ko Tu Ake te ingoa o te rōpū e hiahia ana ki te kōkiri i ngā kōrero kereme mo te iwi. Heoi ano, kihae tētahi o ngā iwi o Te Urewera e hiahia ana ki te noho ki te taha o Tūhoe, kōrero ai. E haere ana ngā whakaritenga.