Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters told Mike Hosking that a settlement deal regarding Ihumātao in Auckland is still a long way off.
The Maori King's flag was lowered at the site near Auckland Airport yesterday, sparking suggestions an announcement of a deal could be made by Waitangi Day.
Pania Newton, leader of the SOUL movement, which is disputing Fletcher Building’s ownership of the land said recently that she was “relieved” that a deal was “just around the corner”.
However, Mr Peters says that this was not the case: “What is being said right now by a whole range of people is simply false.”
“This is a long-range discussion that will take a long, long time to be completed," he added.