November 02, 2012
Ngāti Koroki Kahukura initial settlement deed
Waikato iwi Ngāti Koroki Kahukura is in Wellington today initialling its $15 million treaty settlement.
The settlement relates to the loss of the tribe’s land, including the drowning of its village by Lake Karapiro.
Negotiator Willie Te Aho says a sticking point has been Maungatautari, where attempts to create an ecological reserve on the mountain have been threatened by well orchestrated farmer opposition to the iwi getting full ownership.
“The 5000 hectares that make up Maungatautari is being vested in the community and that is a different step to what others have taken. Mauao was vested back in Tauranga Moana iwi, Urewera was treated differently again so this is another approach that the minister and the Crown have worked through with us and I guess it’s trying to find a way forward given all the disputes in the past,” Mr Te Aho says.
He says negotiators hope to tidy up final details and agree on the management structure for the maunga so the final deed can be signed on 22nd of December.
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