August 31, 2012
Ngati Toa deal initialled despite objections
The High Court has turned down a bid by Taranaki Whanui to stop the Crown initialing a treaty settlement deed that will allow Ngati Toa to buy central Wellington and Hutt Valley properties.
That’s despite the Waitangi Tribunal earlier ruling that the Crown was breaking promises it made to the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust for its 2009 settlement.
The tribunal had found officials misled and deceived Port Nicholson negotiators.
The initialing ceremony went ahead this morning and the document now goes to Ngati Toa members for ratification.