Māori King Kiingi Tuheitia, together with an entourage from his iwi Waikato Tainui, had been within the Excessive Courtroom at Auckland in the present day to take heed to proof being offered on an overlapping treaty claims case.
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei lodged the case in February difficult the Crown’s overlapping claims coverage and the Marutuahu Collective’s declare to land within the Tamaki Makaurau space.
The Kiingitanga mentioned its presence was not a protest or a present of help for one iwi over the opposite, however relatively a stance to indicate its relationship to all iwi with connections in Tamaki.
“The precise invitation got here to listen to a few of these hononga, a few of these linkages between the Kiingitanga and a few of whanaunga in Tamaki Makaurau, however Ngāti Whātua and our individuals inside Tamaki Makaurau typically,” the Kiingitanga mentioned in an announcement.
“Right now was an opportunity to return, to indicate and to reaffirm the linkages of the Kiingitanga with all of our whānau in Tamaki.”
When requested who provided the invitation, Rāhui Papa advised RNZ: “Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki issued the invite and the Kiingitanga responded to all Whanaunga iwi”.
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei has been presenting their proof over the past 10 weeks and deputy chairperson Ngarimu Blair was in attendance in the present day and mentioned his individuals had dedicated to the method.
“We advised our individuals it is a marathon, we have mentioned there might be some issues they will not like listening to however on the finish of the day it is a final resort,” Blair mentioned.
“We now have a powerful relationship with the Kiingitanga … we expect our relationship will see us via, regardless of the ups and downs of the Crown’s treaty settlement course of.”