Haka author recognised in $75m treaty deal
Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:10a.m.
By Cleo Fraser
A lower North Island iwi has secured a Treaty of Waitangi settlement totalling more than $75 million, with rights to some islands and recognition of its connection to the haka Ka Mate.
This week Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson and Ngati Toa representatives "initialled" the settlement which is compensation for land seizures and being left out of earlier land deals with the Crown.
It also includes compensation for the treatment of the tribe's late chief Te Rauparaha (mid 1700s to mid 1800s) who was reportedly held by the Crown for 18 months without trial or without being charged, chief negotiator Matiu Rei told Fairfax.
If the settlement is formally approved by the iwi then the settlement could be signed by both parties by November.
A spokesman for Mr Finlayson told NZ Newswire that in 99 percent of cases the settlement is ratified by an iwi.
Special legislation recognising Te Rauparaha as the composer of the Ka Mate haka, well-known for its use by the All Blacks, is included in the settlement. This means anyone who uses the haka for commercial purposes, apart from use during live performances, must acknowledge Te Rauparaha as its author.
In 2006, the Intellectual Property Office refused an application from a Ngati Toa trust seeking to trademark the haka.
The iwi first made a claim for breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi about 25 years ago and signed an agreement in principle with the Crown in 2009.
Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust tried to stop the settlement process going ahead but its case, taken to the High Court at Wellington, was thrown out earlier this week.
The group, made up of four iwi known as Taranaki Whanui, claims the Crown misled them during its own settlement process and Ngati Toa will receive land they were refused.
A Ngati Toa spokesman was not immediately available for comment.
Ngati Toa's treaty settlement includes:
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2/09/2012 10:28:00 a.m.
When does Joe Maori get his payout from the Iwi?? And why hasnt it happend already???
1/09/2012 1:48:45 a.m.
Wow. This is bollocks. Being given money to buy properties off the Crown... Leasing properties back to the crown after being given the cash to buy them in the first place...what a crock. $40Mil for redress..and then $6.6Mil for "Iwi development"...just what exactly is "Iwi development and why can it not be used out of the $40Mil?? This country has been doing a massive wrong to the other races that make up our society. $40mil??? Come on! That is what makes sense...and all their people had better be getting of any benefits they are on..and if they don't, then what "development of their Iwi" did they...er...develop? That is what I want to know, How many children are living in 'poverty' and are part of the Iwi who has demanded and received several millions of dollars? Why do they continue to not have breakfast before school or walk to school in the middle of winter in their summer uniform and with no shoes on? The list goes on...
31/08/2012 9:43:59 p.m.
I only hope they use the money to prepare the young ones to survive rapid climate change that is unless their elders are skeptics like most of brain dead brainwashed Kiwi's in general who in main from the amount of hungry children really don't give a damn about our hungry kids. NZ is a really ugly place once the rocks are turned over and one has a look at what hides underneath. One thing I can say is that most Maori a caring of their young except for the few who spoil it for the rest and tarnish their reputation. Lets us hope it doesn't happen here.
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