Parliament

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

 

Tribunal report opens way for settlement


Hon Christopher Finlayson
Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations

3 August 2012 Media Statement

Tribunal report opens way for settlement

Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson has welcomed the Waitangi Tribunal’s report into claims by the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust, which clears the way for the Crown and Ngāti Toa to conclude negotiations for settlement of that iwi’s historic claims.

The Waitangi Tribunal rejected the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust’s main claim against the Crown that it should not recognise Ngāti Toa’s interests in the wider Wellington area.

The Tribunal did find failings in the Office of Treaty Settlement’s conduct in its negotiations with Taranaki Whānui under the previous government and made two recommendations, both relating to an offer of a Right of First Refusal to Ngāti Toa over Crown properties in the Wellington CBD.

“With the release of the Waitangi Tribunal Report, the Crown and Ngati Toa can finalise their settlement package and progress to initialling the Ngati Toa Deed of Settlement,” Mr Finlayson said. “I intend to discuss the Tribunal’s recommendations with Ngati Toa and find a way forward that honours their settlement negotiations.”

“Although the report regrettably raises concerns about the way the Office of Treaty Settlements operated at the time of negotiations, these issues have been addressed since I became Minister. In 2009, OTS was re-organised into regional teams, meaning that negotiations across a region take place in parallel rather than separately or sequentially. This has addressed the “silo effect” referred to in the report which gave rise to miscommunications with claimant groups.”

“This is one of a number of steps this government has taken to improve the effectiveness of the Crown’s negotiations, and the results can be seen in the greatly increased number of milestones reached in the last three years”


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Criminalising Of Rap Music


For black youth in America, there can be only three ways out of the ghetto: athletics, music or drug dealing. And for every individual who succeeds in making it out, dozens more attach themselves to their celebrity crews in order to bask in the reflected glory, and partake of the lifestyle. And what rap musician can afford to turn their back entirely on the ‘hood, when staying street and staying real is what their audience demands of them..?
More>>



 
 



Crime: Govt Helps Protect Shops From Ram Raids

The Government is providing further support to help Police protect small businesses affected by a spike in ram raids, Minister of Police Poto Williams says... More>>


Government: Investment Boosts Coastal Shipping In Aotearoa
New Zealand is a step closer to a more resilient, competitive, and sustainable coastal shipping sector following the selection of preferred suppliers for new and enhanced coastal shipping services, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today... More>>


Government: New Zealand To Stay At Orange For Now
With New Zealand expecting to see Omicron cases rise during the winter, the Orange setting remains appropriate for managing this stage of the outbreak, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>


Government: Independent Panel Appointed To Review Electoral Law
Justice Minister Kris Faafoi today announced appointments to the independent panel that will lead a review of New Zealand’s electoral law. “This panel, appointed by an independent panel of experts... More>>


Trade: Prime Minister To Visit United States
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is leading a trade mission to the United States this week as part of the Government’s reconnection strategy to support export growth and the return of tourists post COVID-19... More>>


National: Jacqui Dean To Retire From Parliament In 2023

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has announced that she will not be seeking re-election at the 2023 election. “I have advised the President and Leader of the National Party that I have decided not to put my name forward... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels