Positive reaction from Urewera community
Tue, 11 Sep 2012 6:03p.m.
By Tom McRae
There have been overwhelmingly positive reactions to the deal Tuhoe struck with the Crown.
One Tuhoe specialist says it's not the money or land that's most important, but the sense of control over their communities Tuhoe now have.
The people of Ruatoki, which is nestled at the base of the Ureweras, say for them the settlement is a huge accomplishment.
“We always knew it was going to return to us,” says resident Gina Timiti. “It's just a matter of the Pakeha recognising it's ours, and that's awesome.”
“Going through all the fights and all the meetings just to get our land back has finally come to an end,” says resident Hinekura Mika.
With a long and bloody history, in their eyes the Crown had a moral obligation to strike a fair deal.
“There is no other tribe in the country that's had the experiences they've had, starting in 1865 up to 1872,” says Tuhoe specialist Paul Moon. “That seven-year period where you see people forced off their land, effectively ethnic cleansing, houses burnt, people imprisoned and killed, crops destroyed, animals killed, whole populations, thousands of people, shunned into the hinterland – very forbidding territory – and some of them dying of starvation afterwards. So very few other parts of the country have had that history.”
Paul Moon has literally written the book on Tuhoe, and says the Social Services Management Plan, which gives Tuhoe control over housing, education and healthcare in its communities, is particularly important.
“One of the features of Maori communities is they've proven to be very adapt at designing social services that suit their local needs,” says Mr Moon. “They might not work anywhere else in the country but they certainly suit in those areas. So the Crown I think will take advantage of that and say ‘look, you know the people that can make this work best’, rather than have a one-size-fits-all approach.”
Fish and Game say it's been involved throughout the negotiations and the settlement has been carefully crafted.
“They've given us plenty of assurance of access and plenty of assurances of the ongoing management of the fishery by Fish and Game,” says Bryce Johnson of Fish and Game Council.
Tuhoe leaders will now have to sell the deal to their people, and it shouldn’t be too hard to sell.
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12/09/2012 2:50:14 p.m.
the DR wrote:
good one when do we get our dole money back?
12/09/2012 10:59:22 a.m.
@ PAUL. I would agree with you that this is a good outcome for Tuhoe, but their are now new challanges ahead facing the tribe and its people and i will be watching closely on any developments.
@ PHILSTAR. Sadly these are the types of Pakeha strucutres Maori have to work within today..yes your right just look at Ngai Tahu & Tainui for example.
12/09/2012 3:00:09 a.m.
A good outcome for Tuhoe.
Its high time that non Maori stopped the whats yours is mine and whats mines my own attitude.Then land issues could advance a bit better then they have been in this country.Well done Tuhoe.
And the rest of you get over it.
11/09/2012 10:27:24 p.m.
@ KATRINA. Why not? Why cant Tuhoe have a right to self determination for their own people WITH benefits and other such government assistance, as the government should be helping them in the transition period to become self independent anyway. What are you and BUKSTER so worried about, losing precious taxes?
11/09/2012 9:55:22 p.m.
so who will actually get the money ? not the poor isolated families i bet but a select few trusties...meanwhile all the ratbags will come out to try and stop pakeha going onto their land.....its happening now and will only get worse
11/09/2012 8:48:21 p.m.
I have no isssue with this outcome, fair enough, but they can not claim to want to be independant and self governing and then still expect other benefits of being part of the funding pool of our government as Bukster said.
11/09/2012 7:24:23 p.m.
Way to go Tuhoe.
11/09/2012 7:08:08 p.m.
Jamie Crawford wrote:
This is positive news for New Zealand. We can all now move foward together. Tuhoe will soon be more resourceful once the deed of settlement is signed and legislation given effect. Tuhoe aspirations will be realised in th future. Economically this is good for the tribe and in-turn will benefit New Zealand also. Other peoples comments on this topic truly saddens me, why are people so negative? Do they not want Maori to succeed and do better? This should be a day of celebration and I commend Tuhoe.
11/09/2012 6:30:54 p.m.
So from now on things like dole payments are the Tuhoe responsibility and not one more cent of taxpayer money winds up in any Tuhoe's pocket ever...right?
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