March 10, 2013
Iwi on the road to inform members
Te Tau Ihu iwi Ngāti Rarua is on the road to inform members of the terms of its historic claim settlement.
The first hui was in Te Kuiti yesterday afternoon, and trustees will be at the Grand Chancellor Hotel near the Auckland Airport this evening.
Ngāti Rarua Iwi Trust Chair Amoroa Luke says accepting the $11 million offer will allow the iwi to become a bigger player in the economy at the top of the South Island.
The settlement covers the way the Crown stripped most of the land away from the iwi soon after European settlements were established in the region.
The settlement includes an apology, cash, some commercial properties and a 12.5 percent share of accumulated forestry rentals.
Cultural redress includes the return of some properties in joint title with other top of the South Island iwi, and acknowledgement of its interests in a range of mountains, rivers, forests and coastal marine areas.
Tonight’s hui is at the Auckland Airport Grand Chancellor at 6pm, followed by a hui in Christchurch on Tuesday, Motueka next Saturday and Wairau on Sunday.
Voting closes on March 28.