November 11, 2013
Partnership, not gift on offer at Tongariro
The paramount chief of Ngati Tuwharetoa says a Waitangi Tribunal report released today sets the record straight that his ancestor did not give away the central North Island mountains.
Sir Tumu Te Heuheu says he applauds the tribunal finding that the phrase ‘noble gift’ is not suitable to describe Horonuku Te Heuheu’s tuku of the peaks in 1887.
He says his great great grandfather met native affairs minister John Ballance and agreed that legislation to protect the mountains should set out that the Queen share kaitiakitanga or guardianship with the tribe of what is now Tongariro National Park.
Tuwharetoa now wants to sit down with the Crown to explore how the original intention of his great great grandfather can now be put into effect.
The tribunal handed over its report to Tuwharetoa, Ngati Whare and Whanganui River tribes at the Chateau Tongariro this morning,
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