February 23, 2014
Settlements for development, not justice
Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says treaty settlements are about moving people forward rather than justice.
The Te Tai Hauauru MP was at Tamaki Makaurau Marae at Ihumatao on Saturday to witness the signing of a settlement that will allow Te Kawerau a Maki to buy the Riverhead Forest and build a marae at Hobsonville.
She says it was a hard-won battle for the Tainui-affiliated iwi, and she has admired the dignity and determination with which they have gone through the process over many years.
"I think that people need to settle so that they can move forward and utilise that money to grow and develop their own economy but more importantly to grow and develop their own people I think so long as we go into those settlements knowing they are not about justice, they’re not about what was stolen from us, it’s not what’s being given back to us, but understanding it’s an opportunity to move forward, if we choose." she says.
Tariana Turia says some of the smaller settlements may not be sufficient to allow iwi to develop economically.
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