Ngāti Huarere hold fast

By Heeni Brown
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

In 2010 the Crown signed a framework agreement on how Treaty claims in the Hauraki region would negotiate their settlements towards 2014.

In that agreement, the Hauraki Collective of 12 iwi was set up.

But that collective didn't include Ngāti Huarere, a local tribe that has lived there since the arrival of the Te Arawa waka.

For three years they've tried to get recognition and involvement in the collective, but with the Government's Treaty settlement deadline of 2014 looming, Ngāti Huarere are slowly losing hope.

However, they're still determined to hold fast to what they believe.