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COURTESY CAR We Also Sell TYRES! Ph/Fax (09) 407 6627 55D Cobham Road, Kerikeri Mob: 0274 532 220 3420464AJ Ngapuhi not ready OPINION Mediator: Former prime minister Jim Bolger has tried to mediate between Tohoronuku and Te Kotahotanga o nga hapu o Ngapuhi. A HUI recently held at the Whitiora marae Te Tii which was facilitated by former prime minister Jim Bolger failed to unite two factions seeking to deal with about 450 Ngapuhi Treaty of Waitangi claims. Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson had said earlier that he wanted an enduring settlement for Ngapuhi, the country s largest iwi but not at the expense of being hasty and the people of Ngapuhi not talking with each other first. Mr Finlayson offered Jim Bolger as a facilitator to bring the two groups together. No amount of talking was having any effect on the Tuhoronuku settlement jugger- naut funded by Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngapuhi Fisheries money and backed by the Crown who consistently ignored strong pleas from hapu. The clear message from the Whitiora hui, attended by more than 300 people, was that they wanted unity on the issue of settling the Ngapuhi claims. The hui developed a positive mood as both groups looked to establish a working group to discuss and examine areas of agreement with the ultimate aim of developing a common and united pathway forward. However, any chance of a united position was quickly dashed when Tuhoronuku announced they were going out on the road to progress their mandate strategy. At that point any hopes of a united Ngapuhi strategy were sunk. The hapu of Ngapuhi feel betrayed by their own Runanga and natural justice is being denied to Ngapuhi claimants who want their claims heard through the independent pro- cess being offered through the Waitangi Tribunal, known as stage 2 hearings. Ngapuhi is not ready to settle its claims and Te Kotahitanga is urging Ngapuhi people to vote no to the Tuhoronuku plea for a man- date. At a time when Ngapuhi were focused on matters of sover- eignty, the Tuhoronuku man- date was seen as a cash grab, a sell out of Ngapuhi sovereignty and moreover a denial of our grandchildren s rights. The vision espoused by Te Kotahitanga is one built upon power sharing relationships as outlined in New Zealand s foun- dational documents, He Whakaputanga (Declaration of Independence -- 1835) and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. A vision is long term andcon- stitutional arrangements wouldn t change overnight. So despite New Zealand moving towards a sound plural society, change is not happening fast enough. Constitutional change at all levels needs a real boot along. There is still room to settle Ngapuhi claims such as those where land was confiscated but sovereignty must never be up for negotiation.Those claims must be heard in the Tribunal instead of being settled through secret deals being made in back rooms. Te Runanga o Ngapuhi and its settlement sub-committee -- Tuhoronuku have been bowling ahead with their strategy to settle all of Ngapuhi s approximately 450 Treaty of Waitangi claims. -- Pita Tipene, Te Kotahitanga o nga hapu o Ngapuhi spokesman Health board engages independent review The Northland District Health Board has engaged an indepen- dent consultant to review the 2009 review of Mid-North health services document that was the basis for its decision to retain the Bay of Islands Hos- pital in Kawakawa, rejecting other location options. The Health Partners Consulting Group has been engaged to complete the assessment. Its brief is to examine the process, methodology and con- clusions in the review docu- ment. The lead consultant for Health Partners is Stephen McKernan, who is a former Director-General of Health. Spokesman for the Mid North Hospital Group Dr Peter Honeyfield said the group has been advocating for a new pub- lic hospital to replace the obsol- ete Kawakawa facility. It has also been calling for a thorough and transparent review with wide stakeholder participation. Northlander is health board CEO New boss: Dr Nick Chamberlain A Northlander has been appointed chief executive officer of the Northland District Health Board. Dr Nick Chamberlain will transition into the role during October and will start formally on October 24. Making the announce- ment, district health board chairman Tony Norman said Dr Chamberlain s appoint- ment followed a global executive search process which produced 25 applications from the United Kingdom, Aust- ralia and New Zealand. After assessing applications the board s selection panel inter- viewed six applicants, and was very impressed by the overall quality of the interviewees, which made the selection of the successful applicant par- ticularly challenging, he says. Nick has experience in many aspects of the sector including GM, clinical services, North- land DHB and GM and funding and planning at Capital & Coast District Health Board. In addition to this is his experience in the pri- mary sector working as a GP. Nick also completed an MBA giving him strong financial and ana- lytical skills. He has been involved with a number of committees at national level and has sponsored several national projects. It gives the board great pleasure to appoint a Northlander as its CEO, as Nick has a genuine empathy and understanding of the region and our people. The board welcomes Nick to the CEO position and looks forward to the continued strong leader- ship he will bring as the new chief executive.
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