Ngā Ariki Kaipūtahi challenge GCSB bill

By Maiki Sherman

An East Coast tribe is challenging the Government's GCSB legislation under its Treaty of Waitangi claim. Data sovereignty is being sought by the tribe, Ngā Ariki Kaipūtahi.

According to Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson, the claim is the first of its kind and is rather strange. 

However, Carwyn Jones, a Treaty of Waitangi  expert at Victoria University, says the claim could stand up under the document.

Iwi member, Marcus Lloyd refers to settlements regarding radio frequency and also spectrum as examples of the plausibility of their data sovereignty claim.

Both the GCSB legislation and the Rūātoki raids are cited as reasons for the claim.