WEGC had to wait for available time to speak to their Brief. This time did not become available until Thursday 25/8/2016 at 4.35pm. Aimee Paterson, Solicitor was the Leader and the Brief was presented by Jane Mihingarangi Ruka Te Korako. We were given 5 minutes to present.
After reading the existing WAI 1940 Briefs it was obvious (with the exception of Geoffrey Raketes Brief), that the claim did not reflect the reality of the deficit within contemporary Maori life and the system as a whole.
The Grandmothers aim, is to address the current issues of social, housing, health, education, unemployment, poverty, crime and addictions that plague our people. The Grandmothers believe that through PARTNERSHIP with the Crown and by strengthening and renewing Tino Rangatiratanga, Kaitiakitanga and Manaakitanga within all aspects of life, will help to heal our communities.
WEGC scrambled to put together a Brief with an amendments clause to present at the last Waitangi Tribunal Hearing of Hokianga Tai Whenua on 23/8/2016 – 28/8/2016