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

 

Over 19,000ha to be returned to Ngāti Kahungunu

Over 19,000ha to be returned to Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua iwi

A deed of settlement that returns more than 19,000 hectares of land to iwi has been initialled by the Crown and Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua today.


The agreement includes the return of Wairarapa Moana to Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua and the ability for the iwi to purchase Ngaumu Forest and two Landcorp Farms.


The initialling of the deed marks a significant milestone for Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua. Chairman Ian Perry says he believes that the settlement, if approved, will unite the iwi into the future.


“This settlement is for all our people who whakapapa to Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua, and for our future generations,” he says.


“We will put the proposed settlement to a vote of all our registered adult members in the coming months. If they vote in support, it will mark a ‘new dawn’ for our people – te ao hou.”


The settlement comprises financial redress of $93m and a significant return of land to the iwi – including 12,231ha of commercial redress land (paid for out of the quantum) and more than 7,000ha of cultural redress land (gifted on top of the quantum).


The cultural redress land includes the return of the bed of Lake Wairarapa and surrounding reserves, the vesting and gift back of Castlepoint Scenic Reserve and the return of sites throughout the Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua rohe (area of land).

Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua had its claims heard before the Waitangi Tribunal in 2004 and 2005, and the Tribunal issued its Wairarapa ki Tararua report in 2010.

Mr Perry says the process has enlightened and empowered Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua.

“Our hapū and iwi have been able to connect once again like our old people did, while finding out more about ourselves,” says Mr Perry.

“Our kaumatua and kuia organised and researched our claims for decades, and some of them are no longer with us. Our old people started this journey, we owe it to them and our tīpuna to finish it.”


The Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua Settlement Trust represents the interests, in part or full, of 53 Treaty of Waitangi claims in so far as they relate to Ngāti Kahungunu.


“We have worked incredibly hard to get the best possible settlement for our iwi. We have always had our door open to all our people and we will continue to do so,” says Mr Perry.


The deed of settlement also includes the Crown’s acknowledgment of breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi towards Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua, and a Crown apology.


The Crown apology pays tribute to the struggles of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua and ancestors in pursuit of justice for the Crown’s wrongs and especially to those who have not survived to see this settlement completed.

The apology states ‘the Crown is deeply humbled that throughout its relationship with the Crown, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua has acted honourably in the face of great injustice.

Through this apology and settlement, the Crown seeks to atone for these wrongs, begin the process of healing, and restore its tarnished honour.

The Crown looks forward to forging a renewed and enduring relationship with the people of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki nui-a-Rua that is grounded in mutual trust, co-operation, and respect for te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles.’

Mr Perry says the apology was an important part of the Deed of Settlement for all Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua iwi.

“We look forward to starting a new chapter in our relationship with the Crown, and building strong and reciprocal relationships with local and central Government as we turn our focus to the future for our people and our rohe.

“The settlement will not be the end of the road – it will allow us to repair the past, acknowledge the wrongs, and move forward into our next phase as Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua.”
For more information on the proposed Deed of Settlement, visit www.kkwtnr.org.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Crowdsale And Crowdfunding Campaign: Help Create The Future Of Independent News

Two weeks to go! The Scoop 3.0 plan aims to create NZ’s first community-owned, distributed news and media intelligence ecosystem in 2019. We believe this ScoopPro media monetisation approach can be scaled and spread globally to support local and independent news efforts in regional New Zealand and around the world.

Scoop is an ecosystem, it would not exist without those who contribute to it, read it and rely on it for professional media purposes. Generous past support from this ecosystem has enabled us to come this far in developing our business model. Support our PledgeMe Campaign>>

 

14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>

ALSO:

Two Years Since Kaikoura: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>

ALSO:

Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>

ALSO:

"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels