Proceedings started with a prayer to bless the start of the Waitangi Tribunal's Te Rohe Pōtae hearing.
Ngāti Maniapoto has a large proportion of claims in the inquiry.
Today highlighted the impact of Govt policies on Māori landowners in the King Country.
Maniapoto elder Tom Roa said, "By rights, the Govt has the right govern, but Maniapoto maintains its mana Māori motuhake."
The Te Rohe Pōtae inquiry began in 2012 before the Waitangi Tribunal.
This hearing is expected to conclude on Friday.