Ngāi Tahu says their right of first refusal too has been breached many times

By Maiki Sherman

According to Ngāi Tahu, one of the country's first iwi to settle its Treaty claim, they've been wedged out of their right of first refusal (RFR) by the government a number of times.

Ngāi Tahu chairman, Sir Mark Solomon has also criticised Bill English's assertion that RFR needs to be further defined.

English explains the Budget and suggesting there be more explanation around rights of first refusal.

Ngāi Tahu says their right of first refusal have been breached many times by the Government.  Solomon says that's not due to legal confusion on the part of iwi.

It's a situation Ngāpuhi has taken heed of, saying they'll ensure the "loopholes" are tightened.

Sonny Tau says, "We need to tighten that up so the Government doesn't have loopholes.  My observation of what's happening in Auckland and the belief that Ngāti Whātua does not require consultation, only the collective do, is that it's wrong."

In terms of Auckland iwi, the Government has reassigned education land as state housing land.

Housing Minister Nick Smith says the sale of land under that designation is allowed as part of the Tāmaki Collective Act.

Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says, "The problem with that is they are reassigning the land but then on-selling it to private developers.  We see that as being wrong and tinkering with the law."

Shortly the Government will release information regarding the decision-making process it will follow to deal with RFR.

It's clear to see that this issue won't be solved any time soon.