Mandated Muaupoko Tribal Counsel (MTC) and Direct Negotiations
A debate occurred between Waitangi Tribunal Judicial Conference (JC) - Adjudicators Judge Carin Fox and Honourable Sir Doug Kidd and Office of Treaty Settlements (OTS) Crown Counsel. Regarding direct negotiations excluding the majority of Muaupoko claimants present. Undermining the Waitangi Tribunal process.
OTS Crown Counsel has been asked this question by the JC Adjudicators; "will the Crown issue a statement confirming the Crown will not resume direct negotiations with MTA until all of the claims in Porirua ki Manawatū district inquiry have been heard and reported on?" The answer is expected by 27 July 2015.
OTS Counsel was notified Ngātiawa ki Kapiti Coast claimants have the same issue. OTS Counsel replied to WAI 1018 "with the Te Atiawa out there trying to go into direct negotiations." WAI 1018 informed OTS Counsel Atiawa ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust has "NO BENEFICIARIES" according to their trust deed and the 2012 Solicitor Generals report. It's been like that since 2002. He was astounded.
There currently is a joke going around Atiawa ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust (AWCT), its company directors and members, and NZTA expressway employees that they will "let WAI 1018 do all the work and then AWCT will come in and take the credit and take over direct negoiations" to rip Ngātiawa tuturu of again.We will watch and see what the JC Adjudicators and OTS Crown Counsel, registered Ngātiawa Iwi Charitable Trust whanau and our Barristers do with that manipulative-abusive and dishonourable behaviour. The Crown will be held responsible should they let that theft occur again.