June 27, 2014
Kaingaroa carve-up decided
Central North Island iwi will over the next few days find out how they have fared in the carve-up of the land under the Kaingaroa Forest.
The eight iwi in the collective that signed the 2008 Treelord settlement for the crown’s central North Island forests have been unable to agree who holds mana whenua over some of the blocks.
In independent adjudication panel of Moana Jackson, Wayne Ngata and Tahu Potiki was called in after Ngati Manawa threatened to go to the High Court over the process.
Matt te Pou, the chair of CNI Iwi Holdings, says it’s a good outcome with the relevant interests identified in the nine Kaingaroa blocks.
Agreement has been reached on four blocks in the other forests, and iwi continue to negotiate on the remaining 10 blocks.
"I'm confident we will get an outcome. There may a block or two that we may have to pull the adjudacators and request that they return on to those blocks but time will tell. But I'm very confident with the leadership that has been displayed. It's my observation over the last two to three months that the desire to get to an outcome was displayed by all the mana whenua groupings, by the rangatira who led them, so I am confident of that," he says.
Matt Te Pou says the allocation will be done in 2044, and until then the land is managed jointly and revenue shared according to the formula agreed in 2008.
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