South Waikato iwi signs treaty settlement
Sat, 02 Jun 2012 3:22p.m.
The Crown and the South Waikato iwi (tribe) Ngati Raukawa are signing a deed of settlement of the iwi's Treaty of Waitangi claim today.
Treaty Negotiations minister Chris Finlayson and Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples are among those attending a day of events at Aotearoa Marae, about 40 kilometres southeast of Te Awamutu.
The deal includes financial redress of about $63 million, $28m of which was already promised as part of the central North Island forestry settlement.
The other $35m includes $8m to support the strengthening of commercial relations with Mighty River Power to account for the significance to Ngati Raukawa of the upper Waikato River.
Another $3m goes towards a cultural fund, $1.8m comes from interest, and about $22m recognises various other grievances.
The deed is being signed after the majority of Ngati Raukawa's disputes on overlapping land claims with neighbouring iwi were resolved.
The majority of the settlement outlined in an initial deed of settlement in September last year was still in place, a spokesman for Mr Finlayson said.
The Crown apologised for its actions during the Waikato Wars of the 1860s, the most famous battle of which, at Orakau, east of Te Awamutu, took place within the Ngati Raukawa area.
The 1864 battle at Orakau saw Maori warriors led by Rewi Maniapoto defeated by British troops, though the loss of 80 people didn't end resistance after many Maori broke their way through the British line to escape.
Some Raukawa land was confiscated after the war, and a variety of other measures saw Raukawa become virtually landless by the middle of the twentieth century, the apology acknowledged.
Ngati Raukawa was also upset that the Crown gifted 20,000 acres of land in the Pouakani block, near Mangakino, to Ngati Kahungunu, the iwi from Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa, though it had no historical links to the area.
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11/06/2012 7:30:13 a.m.
DAN, Clearly you have trouble joining dots mate. Weather you care about Maori forgiving the government for the past(Not Pakeha in general as the general public of New Zealand is not who is held at wrong or held responsible for the past), this is the only way to the whole country moving forward as one. It may be ugly and upset the noble taxpayer but settlements are necessary, fair and in 20 years time the whole country will be better off for it. No more Maori worrying about the past and no more Pakeha crying about their taxes. To summaries it for you Dan in case you did not understand, this land and etc claiming, will end when all past grievances are dealt with weather you like it or not.
9/06/2012 8:11:36 p.m.
JOEC, has it ever occurred to you that we really dont give a damn if the Maori "forgive" us or not. We can always just move on with or without Maori forgiveness, I know for a fact it doesnt worry me in the slightest.What does worry me is how long this BS is going to go on, Im sick of the government taking it upon itself to make me pay for s**t that I didnt do that happened a long time ago. When is it going to stop? with us? our children? our grandchildren? because if history has anything to learn from its that as long as there is an opportunity Maori (and not all Maori) will always take, take, take. Enough is Enough.
8/06/2012 8:23:55 a.m.
CRAIG, ACTION, JAMES, LAURENCE perhaps add some facts to your arguements. These settlements are simply to resolve grievences of the past so that they can be forgiven and Maori, and Pakeha can move on with things. If you do some homework (As you all clearly need to do) you will find that in fact the settlements are small compensations compared to what was taken and the damage done. The other point at nothing happened "undreds" of years ago. The earlies grievences occured around 150 years ago (2012 - 1860), while others like the one that got the ball rolling (Burning the Ngati Whatu village at Okahu bay and the Bastion point saga happened late 1970. Only 42 years ago. So do some homework before you post "typical ignorant New Zealander" comments please
3/06/2012 6:27:13 p.m.
Less then 15% of Maori have an iwi affiliation therefore a right to any of this grievance money. The gravy train keeps rolling.
3/06/2012 10:38:33 a.m.
SHAME! While all taxpayers are reluctantly tightening their belts, not even a whisper about stopping these exorbitant racial claims. Why?
2/06/2012 11:46:12 p.m.
Laurence dont let yourself be destracted! this and the like is all to keep you pre occupied with anything but the most important problems facing our society. (korean film exposes western propoganda) on youtube puts it in a nutshell. You are mostly right Laurence and this and all Fascist BS must go from our society!
2/06/2012 3:44:18 p.m.
What right has our democratically elected goventment got to gift land and compensation to a group of people over something that happened hundreds of years ago.
This government and the Maoris needs to get this in their heads ,we the people of New Zealand (including a proportion of Maori) do not agree with handing back land and giving out compensation to Maoris.Got it ,hope you understand it.
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