Minister Jones adamant on having a single Ngāpuhi settlement

New Zealand First MP and Cabinet Minister Shane Jones is optimistic about settling the Ngāpuhi claim, but is adamant there should only be one settlement rather than the proposal to have several claims.

A request by Ngāti Hine to fund its efforts to win support for a separate mandate was refused by Treaty of Waitangani negotiations Minister Andrew Little, and Mr. Jones emphasized that there is no political will to spend more time or money indulging Ngāpuhi dissidents on modifying the settlement claim.

He also warned that New Zealand First would not vote for the settlement to be broken up.

"So unless Ngāpuhi lead the National Party and the Labour Party acting together are going to agree to 10 separate settlements which they say will take 25 years, I know from talking to the National Party that after the tawdry treatment of (former treaty negotiations minister) Chris Finlayson they're not going to put out the hand of friendship if there is no rational outcome that they can see," Mr Jones says.

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