Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The trouble with Titi

Trouble down south.

"Up to 100 Maori families could lose their right to take muttonbirds from the Beneficial Titi Islands in the escalating row over who should have access.

The families are caught in the middle of a battle between Ngai Tahu, which wants wider access for Maori, and the small group of Rakiura families who are direct descendants of the chiefs who signed over the islands to the Crown in 1864 with the proviso that their descendants had exclusive rights to some of the islands.

A small group of direct descendants is considering conducting a review they believe will protect their exclusive rights but other families who now have access may be excluded from the process..."

"... Ngai Tahi pushed at the Maori Land Court last year for access to all Rakiura Maori with common ancestry back to the 1700s, but lost out to the descendants who had brought a test case."

This is complicated and affects the mana of the whanau involved and Te Runanga. I hope it can be resolved (but I'm not too optimistic) without more courts and costs.

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