Five deeds of settlement ready for enactment

10 September 2015

Five treaty settlements between iwi and the Crown are ready to be enacted in legislation, following the successful third reading of the Te Hiku Claims Settlement Bill and the Te Kawerau ā Maki Claims Settlement Bill in Parliament on 9 September.

Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupouri, NgāiTakoto, Te Rarawa and Te Kawerau ā Maki will now have their full and final settlements with the Crown enshrined in law. Each settlement acknowledges, apologises for, and makes significant redress toward righting the Crown wrongs of the past.

Te Kawerau ā Maki is an iwi of the Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) region. Its settlement includes $6.5 million financial redress, the opportunity to purchase 86% of Riverhead Crown Forest Licence Land, and the vesting of nine significant sites in the iwi.

The Te Hiku iwi are from the far north of the North Island (the hook of the fish of Maui – Te Hiku o te Ika a Maui). Their settlements include a total quantum of $96.6 million, the vesting of significant sites, and new co-governance arrangements for Te-Oneroa-a-Tōhē (Ninety Mile Beach) and other conservation lands in their areas of interest.

Other current activity in the Office of Treaty Settlements includes the signing of the Taranaki Iwi Deed of Settlement on 5 September, and signings scheduled for later this month with Ahuriri Hapū and Heretaunga Tamatea.

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