| Upper North Island News | Friday April 27 2012 15:04
A Maori liaison position at Gisborne District Council is being scrapped ahead of the formation of a Maori local leadership body that'll provide advice to council.
The creation of the body is one of the terms of a Waitangi Tribunal Historic Claims settlement for Turanga tribes and has prompted council to disestablish the position.
The liaison position was established 20 years ago to help council and communities to understand the treaty process.
But outgoing Council chief executive Lindsay McKenzie says council has to consider what resources are needed now that iwi are more independent as a result of treaty settlements.
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