Tribunal ready to report on Northland claim
The Northern Advocate, 13 June 2011

WHANGAREI, NEW ZEALAND: The Waitangi Tribunal is about to release the findings on the indigenous flora and fauna and cultural intellectual property (Wai 262) inquiry. Wai 262 is a Treaty of Waitangi claim brought against the New Zealand Crown in 1991 by the members of six iwi (Ngāti Kuri, Ngāti Wai, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Koata). It concerns rights in respect of mātauranga Māori or Māori knowledge, and indigenous flora and fauna. More specifically, the claimants assert that the Crown has: failed to actively protect the exercise of tino rangatiratanga and kaitiakitanga by the claimants over indigenous flora and fauna and other taonga, and also over mātauranga Māori (Māori traditional knowledge); failed to protect the taonga itself; usurped tino rangatiratanga and kaitiakitanga of Māori in respect of flora and fauna and other taonga through the development of policy and the enactment of legislation; and breached the Treaty of Waitangi by agreeing to various international agreements and obligations that affect indigenous flora and fauna and intellectual property rights and rights to other taonga. The tribunal’s findings will be presented at Roma Marae in Ahipara on July 2. Read the article … Visit the Waitangi Tribunal webpage on Wai 262 … Read New Zealand’s Ministry of Economic Development information sheet on Wai 262 …