Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


"Everyone Counts" Says Ngā Potiki at Settlement Signing

13 December 2013

"Everyone Counts" Says Ngā Potiki at Settlement Signing

Tauranga Moana iwi Ngā Potiki a Tamapahore vows to grow the proportion of their Treaty settlement to continue strengthening existing initiatives for the benefit of all descendants.

Ngā Potiki a Tamapahore Trust Chairperson Colin Reeder says Ngā Potiki have worked long and hard to reach the Deed of Settlement signing milestone.

"When we sign tomorrow, we do so knowing that our effort has been about empowering all of our people - everyone counts," Colin says.

"We need to acknowledge and redress past injustices for the benefit of all our people and the Settlement will enable us to do that."

Specific outcomes for Ngā Potiki, from the Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngā Potiki a Tamapahore Deed of Settlement are:
• Quantum $3.2 million (Ngā Potiki estimates the total value at $20 million including land and estates).
• A separate Post Settlement Governance Entity.
• The return of important tribal land and;
• Specific ongoing relationship with Government to achieve Ngā Potiki aspirations.

Ngā Potiki estimates that the Settlement represents less than one percent of the value of the land that was confiscated from them in the 1860s and subsequent Public Works Act land takings in the 1940s-1990s.

"We are confident we can 'rebuild', 'reconnect' and 'revitalise' from this Settlement," Colin says.

In the Settlement Ngā Potiki will get back 50 acres of a 100 acre block, the other 50 acres was allocated to Waitaha nui a Hei iwi in their deed of settlement. Already, both iwi have aspirations to work together and investigate a joint venture to develop the land for an exciting, affordable social and commercial housing project.

Ngā Potiki will be given exclusive statutory acknowledgement of the Pāpāmoa coast from Parakiri to Wairākei.

"Ngā Potiki takes seriously our kaitiakitanga [guardian relationship] to our coast line, the sea runs through our veins," says Colin. "So this aspect of the Settlement is very important to us - it reconfirms our connection and affinity with the coast and the sea."

In terms of cultural revitalisation - that can promote traditional bush practices, mātauranga and rekindle ties to Waitaha and Tapuika iwi - 20 acres of DoC land at Otara reconnects to the ngahere that their ancestors enjoyed.

"We want to hold wānanga in the bush on Māori medicines, youth trips to reconnect with the land, flora and fauna and really walk the talk in regards to Kaitiakitanga like our ancestors did."

With a current registered population of 540, and estimated population of 2500, Ngā Potiki may be small, Colin says, "but we punch above our weight".

"We already have a fantastic affordable housing programme in place and this Settlement will help us take it to a whole new level," Colin says.

Note: Signing of the Deed of Settlement will take place tomorrow [Saturday 14 December 2013] at Whareroa Marae, Tauranga with a powhiri to Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson starting at 930am.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.

To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.

The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>


Parliament Today:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>


Bad Transnationals: Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award

It won the 2011 Roger Award and was runner up in 2012, 2009 and 08. One 2013 nomination said simply and in its entirety: “Blackmailing country”... More>>


Select Committees: Tobacco Plain Packaging Hearings

The Stroke Foundation is today backing the Cancer Society and Smokefree Coalition who are making oral submissions to the Health Select Committee in support of proposed legislation to remove of all branding from tobacco products. More>>


Milk: Oravida Asked For Cabinet Help

New evidence released by New Zealand First today reveals Justice Minister Judith Collins used her position to manipulate the Government to help her husband’s company, Oravida, after the Fonterra botulism scare, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. More>>


With Conditions: Ruataniwha Consents Approved In Draft Decision

The Tukituki Catchment Proposal Board of Inquiry has granted 17 resource consents relating to the $265 million Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme in a draft decision that would open more of the Hawke’s Bay to irrigation. More>>


Fast Lanes, Campervans: Labour 'Making The Holidays Easier For Kiwi Drivers'

The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Royalty And Its Tourism Spin-Offs

Ultimately the Queen’s longevity has been one of her most significant accomplishments. A transition to Prince Charles while the monarchy was in the pits of public esteem in the mid to late 1990s would have been disastrous for the Royal Firm. Far more congenial representatives have now emerged... More>>


Privacy (Again): ACC Demands Excessive Privacy Waivers

Labour: “This is just another example of ACC under National deliberately acting to deny treatment and compensation... Those who did fill in the form have effectively been victims of yet another ACC privacy breach. This time Judith Collins knew it was happening..." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news