There is more that unites Moriori and Ngāti Mutunga ki Wharekauri on the Chatham Islands than divides them, says a Moriori iwi leader. This is despite Ngāti Mutunga ki Wharekauri's claim to have mana whenua over the island.
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Ngāti Mutunga ki Wharekauri is at loggerheads with the Crown, which has cut them out of a land deal in the Chatham Islands.
Plans by the Department of Conservation to gift 1,200 hectares of land to Moriori on the Chatham Islands are being challenged in the Court of Appeal today in Wellington. The Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri Iwi Trust claim they have the rights to the land as mana whenua.
Ngāti Mutunga from the Chatham Islands say they will support an application to mine waters around their islands if benefits for Chatham Islanders are guaranteed.