Alf is by no means surprised to hear the latest grouching from Sonny Tau.
The Ngapuhi leader is insisting the Ministry of Economic Development needs to adequately consult Maori before it seeks bids from companies wanting to explore for minerals in Northland.
The ministry is consulting, of course, after announcing that, from May this year, New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals intends inviting companies to take part in a competitive tender process for mineral exploration permits.
But is the consultation period sufficient?
It’s ample, actually.
But it’s not long enough for Tau.