A Waitangi Tribunal hearing is underway in regards to the Crown recognising the Tūhoronuku amended Deed of Mandate.
Various claimants lodged an Urgency Application with the Tribunal and will appear before the panel over the next two days at Waitangi.
Approximately eleven hapū were involved in the request for an urgent hearing and some of those expected to give evidence today include Te Waihoroi Shortland, Erima Henare, Willow Prime and Pita Tipene .
Ngāti Hine has strongly opposed granting Tūhoronuku the mandate to negotiate on their behalf despite the Crown's recognition of the Tūhoronuku deed of mandate.
However Tūhoronuku has continued to surge forward in the Waitangi treaty settlement process. Elections to the Tūhoronuku board ended earlier this month and the Crown was expected to reassess the mandate following that process.
Te Kāea reporter Dean Nathan is at the hearing and will have more information tonight on Te Kāea at 5:30 and 7:00pm with subtitles.