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


Agreement reached on Central North Island claims

Hon Dr Michael Cullen
Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations

30 April 2008 Media Statement

Agreement reached on Central North Island claims

The Crown and Central North Island iwi have reached agreement on an iwi developed proposal to settle historic Treaty of Waitangi claims in the region, Treaty Negotiations Minister Michael Cullen announced today.

The proposal was presented to Dr Cullen earlier this month and today’s agreement means the next steps towards a final Deed of Agreement can now get underway.

“The proposal put forward by Central North Island iwi regarding the use of Crown forest land in their region, for historical Treaty settlements, is fair to iwi, the public and the Crown,” Dr Cullen said.

“The Crown has considered the proposal and has found it to be a fair and effective way of using the forest lands to provide the key commercial redress for historical settlements for each iwi within the Collective. This is an important milestone in the completion of the largest single treaty settlement package to be developed to date.

“The Collective has worked very hard to develop an allocation of the commercial settlement assets, and I look forward to working with them over the coming weeks on the fine details of the proposal and its implementation. The proposal provides for the Crown to retain a share of the forest for settling claims of any iwi that have direct interests in the forests but are not members of the Collective. The Crown will continue to discuss the protection and resolution of those iwi's interests with them at the same time as the wider consultation on the proposal.

“The agreement also recognises the significant connection all New Zealanders have to the forest by protecting and enhancing public access to the forest lands. The rights of the Crown forest licensees who own the trees will not be disturbed. The Collective and the Crown will now conduct a number of information and consultation hui with members and iwi representatives.

“We are committed to ensuring that iwi outside the Collective will not be disadvantaged and will assess very carefully the breadth of support for the settlement before addressing to a final deed. This settlement will transfer a significant commercial asset that will deliver positive economic benefits to Central North Island iwi. That we have progressed this far in such a short time is testimony to the spirit of unity and co-operation that the Collective members have brought to this process.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election