Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Crown and Ngati Awa initial Deed of Settlement

Monday 8 July 2002 Media Statement

Crown and Ngati Awa initial Deed of Settlement

Treaty settlements took another positive step forward today with the initialling of a Deed of Settlement by the Crown and Ngati Awa at Parliament, Treaty Negotiations Minister Margaret Wilson said.

”The road to settlement for Ngati Awa has been a long one with negotiations starting about six years ago,” she said. “Negotiations have been very challenging for both parties with a number of complex issues and various competing interests in the Bay of Plenty region that had to be worked through.

“I am very pleased that we have reached this historic milestone, and I think a lot of credit is due to the dedication and perseverance of the people of Ngati Awa and their negotiators as well as Crown officials.”

Ngati Awa, from Mataatua waka, is located in the Eastern Bay of Plenty and has 13,000 people and 22 hapu.

The draft Deed of Settlement sets out the Crown’s settlement offer for the historical claims of Ngati Awa that in general terms relate to land confiscation and other dealings which left Ngati Awa virtually landless.

The offer is made up of a redress package that includes an agreed historical account and formal Crown apology, cultural redress including the transfer of seven sites of significance to Ngati Awa, and a combination of cash and Crown-owned land up to the value of $42.39 million.

Margaret Wilson said that an extensive process has been carried out to address the interests of claimant groups whose tribal areas overlap with Ngati Awa. Elements of the redress included in the Deed of Settlement were recently considered by the Waitangi Tribunal at the request of some overlapping groups. Some of these groups will also be heard in the High Court in early August.

“In an area like the Eastern Bay of Plenty where a number of iwi live in close proximity there will always be overlapping claims issues and both the Crown and Ngati Awa have worked very hard to address these.

“The government and Ngati Awa have given a commitment that after the initialling they will not progress to a final Deed of Settlement until the Tribunal has reported and the High court has issued judgement. This means Ngati Awa will not begin their formal ratification process, nor will the parties sign the Deed of Settlement, until the current Tribunal and High Court processes in relation to this matter have been completed.

“By initialling a draft Deed at this time, the government is acting in good faith towards Ngati Awa who have been in negotiations with the Crown for some time. The undertaking that has been given allows those overlapping groups to work through the course of action they have chosen, as it is their right to do, before the Deed of Settlement is finalised.”

Margaret Wilson said today’s milestone continues the Labour Government’s “pretty impressive” record in Treaty settlements.

“Today’s achievement with Ngati Awa brings to four the number of groups to have reached this stage of the settlement process under this Government.

“There are two other claimant groups in intensive negotiations who are working toward agreeing a draft Deed of Settlement before the end of the year. In total, this Government has engaged about 30 different groups at various stages of the negotiations process.

“Given the complex nature of these negotiations, I think that this Government and the groups in negotiations have accomplished a significant amount in just under three years,” Margaret Wilson said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>


BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>


Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>


State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>





Featured InfoPages