Members of Maniapoto have been given more time to vote on a request by the Maniapoto Maori Trust Board to make progress on historic treaty claims with the Crown.

Currently no group within Ngati Maniapoto has been recognised by the Crown to negotiate a settlement of the iwi’s treaty claims and no progress is being made. The Crown will only negotiate with a group representing the whole Maniapoto large natural group.

Trust Board Chairman, Tiwha Bell, said: “We have been all over the country for the last two weeks holding mandate information hui and have also livestreamed several of these hui on the internet.   From this we have gathered a huge amount of feedback.

It is clear many of our people still have questions and are still considering their decision. One thing they have asked for is more time.  So, we have extended voting deadline for a week,” Mr Bell said.

Voting will now close at 5pm on Friday, 04 November

Tiwha Bell said they understand why people have concerns and lots of questions about the process.     “Dealing with the Crown to settle claims is not for the faint-hearted.  It can be an incredibly divisive process.

“However, at the end of the day we are all related and I hope that we can work our way through the process with understanding and humility.”

If people haven’t received or requested a voting pack yet they can contact the Independent Returning Officer on free phone 0800 666 030 or email them at iro@electionz.com