June 05, 2014
$15m price tag on whare move
Rongowhakaata has been talking with Te Papa and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage about the next steps in moving the meeting house Te Hau ki Turanga to Gisborne.
The country’s oldest wharenui is being returned to the iwi as part of its treaty settlement, but tempers have been fraying over what that means in practice.
Negotiator Willie Te Aho says things are back on track to have a report going to Cabinet by the end of the month.
"Really the big issue is what the Crown’s financial contribution is going to be. We’ve asked for $15 million plus the land where the old (Gisborne) railways station was. We hope to have a substantive response by mid-July, but while we are doing that we are continuing the discussions with Te Papa and ensuring that over the next three years we can implement a conservation plan," he says.
Willie Te Aho says the plan will identify what parts come from the original structure confiscated from Manutuke in 1867, which bits are missing, and which bits were added from other whare and many need to be repatriated to other tribal areas.
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