March 24, 2014
Protest at inclusion in settlement
A cluster of hapu stretching from the central volcanic mountains south to the sea say they are the latest victims of the Government policy to clear treaty settlements as soon as possible.
Members of the Uenuku cluster are set to protest at Parliament today against their inclusion in the Whanganui River Settlement, which is due to be initialled tomorrow.
Chair Aiden Gilbert says Uenuku has been included by officials at a late stage, despite not being represented in negotiations nor having their claims heard by the Waitangi Tribunal.
He says Uenuku is one of the largest settlements left, but its authority and identity has been usurped by others.
Mr Gilbert says around the country the Crown has pressured Maori to rush through the claims process, choosing to deal with select groups and leaving others out.
The Tuhoe settlement now going through parliament has drawn complaints from hapu and neighbouring iwi that their claims were being swept up in the net, and Bay of Plenty iwi Ngati Whakahemo is trying to unwind its inclusion in a schedule of a Te Arawa settlement which means the Government considers its claims are over.
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