September 12, 2012
Governance but no ownership in Urewera deal
Joint management of Te Urewera National Park is the central feature of the $170 million settlement of Ngai Tuhoe’s historical claims.
Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson says the wrongful confiscation and unjust purchase of much of the iwi’s land led to Te Urewera containing some of the country’s most deprived communities.
He says Ngai Tuhoe wants to be recognised as tangata whenua in Te Urewera and both parties want the values of the national park to be maintained.
The best way to meet those goals was for neither party to own the park, and instead Te Urewera will have its own legislation and exist as a separate legal identity.
The settlement includes Tuhoe’s share in the Central North Island forestry on-account settlement in 2008, as well as the social services management plan announced last month.
The parties will try to complete a deed for ratification by the end of the year.