Tribe moots payout to its people

An Auckland subtribe says it could, one day, pay dividends to its members.

Ngāti Whātua o Kapaira settled its Treaty claim at the end of 2011 and received financial redress worth about $22 million.
A trustee, Margaret Kawaharu, says over time the hapu is becoming wealthier and that raises the prospect of dividends - though any scheme would have to ensure tribal members don't treat the payments as benefits they can reply on for getting by.

Ms Kawharu says Māori organisation are becoming smarter and more financially literate.

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