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Written by Mike Barrington, The Northern Advocate   
Monday, 23 March 2009

Te Uri o Hau Map

A furore over the administration of Kaipara hapu Te Uri o Hau's $15.6million Treaty of Waitangi settlement has sparked calls for heads to roll.

The dismissal of members of the Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust and its commercial arm Renaissance Group is expected to be sought at a special meeting of hapu beneficiaries on April 18 to discuss a controversial audit report on the trust and group's financial affairs.

Te Uri o Hau historian and Te Whetu Marama Marae whaea Sharlene Walker-Grace said yesterday that kaumatua and kuia from the Matakana marae - razed by fire in 1997 - wanted the Settlement Trust "shut down" and the Crown to take control of hapu funds "until this mess is sorted out".

Trustees should be removed from office and all Te Uri o Hau beneficiaries should be involved in addressing the hapu's financial problems, she said.

The monies received by [Sir Graham Latimer and Russell Kemp] included $281,242 each received for consultancy services for Te Arai Coastal Lands...

The dismissal call was supported by Te Uri o Hau Taumata Council member Mikaira Miru, of Tinopai, who said the trustees appeared to have continued financial practices which brought them under fire in 2004 when a report by lawyers Lowndes Associates said only $8.1million remained of the $13million in cash received as part of the hapu's Treaty settlement.

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