October 23, 2012
Urewera National Park creation a treaty breach
Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson says the settlement being negotiated with Tuhoe is unlikely to be greatly changed as a result of the release of the third part of the Waitangi Tribunal’s report on Te Urewera.
He says the tribunal’s findings show why it is so necessary for the Crown to address the issues it identifies.
The tribunal described the Crown’s dealings with the tribe as a long-unfolding betrayal of the treaty relationship over a 100 year period.
It says the establishment of Te Urewera National Park was a treaty breach, and Tuhoe may have been better served by some other arrangement.
Mr Finlayson says the model being developed in the settlement, of Te Urewera existing as a separate legal identity governed by a new board with members appointed by the Crown and Ngai Tuhoe is a better model than the one the tribunal was suggesting.
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