June 06, 2013
Treaty settlement bills past hurdle
Waitaha and Ngāti Whatua ō Kaipara now just need sign off from the Governor-General to complete their treaty settlement legislation.
Parliament sat for an extended session this morning to consider deeds of settlement, with the Waitaha and Ngāti Whatua bills receiving their third reading.
Ngāti Whatua, which was rendered almost landless by the 1940s, is to receive commercial redress of $22.1 million, the right to purchase Woodhill Forest, and to buy and lease back six education properties.The Waitaha settlement, which relates the war and confiscations around Tauranga and the impact of native land laws, will give the tribe commercial redress of $7.5 million, including the right to purchase and lease-back five education properties.
An omnibus bill covering all eight tribes of the top of the South Island received its first reading.
The Te Tau Ihu Claims Settlement Bill will be split into four at the committee stage.
These will include a bill giving Ngāti Toa Rangatira a right of attribution for the Ka Mate haka and requiring its composer, Te Rauparaha, to be attributed in certain circumstances.
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