Te Maire Tau filled the room last week. He handed out a booklet which summarised what they had originally claimed. That has now changed.
I liked that their claim which Ngai Tahu (and now joined by Kahungunu) originally submitted and where they are now is quite different. Their ideas have gone back to original court decisions and documents. It’s less about ownership and more about kaitiakitanga. This move should be a very good indicator to Greater Christchurch councils to listen carefully to, and to participate with, our Iwi as they work through their arguments in the High Court.
This is a topic we will be returning to many times in the future.
Unfortunately once again our fill in camera woman hit a hitch with saving the video, so you will have to ask others who were there about it.
Rosemary writes: I was impressed with the way Te Maire shared the story of the Ngai Tahu negotiations, and how it was a story, not a list of bullet points. It changed as more information was heard, and collaboration happened, it was not static. My take home was “When you are in negotiations, you can not start with an absolutist position.”