April 10, 2014
Progress on treaty settlement bills
Parliament sat under extended hours this morning to pass a slew of treaty legislation.
The Maungaharuru-Tangitu Hapu Claims Settlement Bill, covering a cluster of Ngati Kahungunu hapu to the north of Napier, received its third reading.
The hapu will get $23 million in financial and commercial redress to offset some of the damage done by war, raupatu and aggressive crown land-buying tactics.
The Nga Punawai o Te Tokotoru Bill was broken up into three separate bills for its third reading, concluding settlement for three Te Arawa iwi, Ngati Rangiwewehi, Tapuika, and Ngati Rangiteaorere.
Ngati Rangiwewehi gets $6 million and the return of culturally significant sites including 37 hectares at Hamurana Springs, Te Riu o Ngata and 6 hectares of the Taumata Scenic Reserve.
Tapuika also gets $6 million, the return of 12 sites and a framework for governance of the Kaituna River or Te Awanui o Tapuika.
Ngati Rangiteaorere, which has received earlier settlements relating to specific blocks, gets $750,000 and statutory acknowledgements and deeds of recognition over Waiohewa stream marginal strip, the Lake Rotorua Marginal strip and Tikitere geothermal field, and the return of 321 hectares of Whakapoungakau, which will reunitie the iwi with its maunga.
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