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Majority support for Tuhoronuku to continue Treaty negotiations

18 Sep 17

Majority support for Tuhoronuku to continue Treaty negotiations

New research among Ngāpuhi released by Te Rōpū o Tūhoronuku shows 70% support for the Tūhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority continuing to represent Ngāpuhi in the Treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown. 

The survey, conducted by Horizon Research, involved only those with Ngāpuhi whakapapa.

Support for Tuhoronuku continuing came from all age groups, from both male and female respondents, and from Northland and Auckland respondents as well as respondents from the rest of New Zealand.

70% support is similar to the result from a survey in 2011, when 69% of Ngāpuhi responding to the survey supported Tūhoronuku having a mandate to negotiate with the Crown on behalf of all Ngāpuhi.

The survey found the greatest concerns of Ngāpuhi were associated with whanau, education, employment, housing and youth.

Only 2% of respondents felt that settlement would not advance the social, economic and cultural wellbeing of Ngāpuhi and Northland.  Settlement was felt to offer the prospect of improved education, housing, health and employment.

42% were thinking beyond the settlement and were conscious that advancing the social, economic and cultural wellbeing of Ngāpuhi and Northland would depend on the future management of the settlement assets.

79% felt that at least the majority of settlement assets should be kept intact – 38% preferring to keep all the assets intact and 41% choosing to keep the majority of assets intact but divide some up among Hapū.

You can read the full report here.

Chairman of the Tūhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority, Hōne Sadler, has released a statement referencing the research.  You can read the statement here.

515 Ngāpuhi responded to the survey between completed the survey between 11 and 31 August 2017.    The sample was weighted by gender, age and location to match Ngāpuhi population demographics at the 2013 Census.  The overall margin of error is ±4.4% overall.


Respondents were from three sources: members of Horizon’s Maori Panel; others who accessed the survey via an online link; and attendees at hui in Northland, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch.  All respondents claimed Ngāpuhi whakapapa.