Shane Jones calls for CFRT board members to step down

By Piripi Taylor

Issues arising with funding for the Te Paparahi o Te Raki inquiry and court battles between Crown  Forestry Rental Trust (CFRT) members have prompted Labour MP Shane Jones to call for the board to resign.

Hundreds of Treaty of Waitangi claimants from Ngāpuhi have experienced major disruption with disagreements within CFRT highlighted as the cause.

CFRT Trustees have also become embroiled in court action which has so far cost around half a million dollars, money which is supposed to be for claimants which could have also been used to cover about seven weeks of hearings for Ngāpuhi with the Tribunal.

As a result of the delay caused by disagreement within the board and High Court cases, on hold too is the ability to rectify problems inflicted on te Paparahi o Te Raki claimants.

In an interview with Te Kāea Jones claimed the issues within CFRT have had a devastating impact on the progression for Te Paparahi o Te Raki and says the Trust needs to take ownership of the problems that have arisen.