September 28, 2015
Small putea for Te Aute in treaty deal
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has welcomed the inclusion of a rescue package for Te Aute College in the latest treaty settlement with Ngati Kahungunu.
The Heretaunga Tamatea settlement signed with the 22 marae of He Toa Takatini, , was signed at the historic Maori boy’s boarding school on Saturday.
As well as $100 million in financial can commercial redress to settle historical claims around Hastings and Central Hawkes Bay, the settlement includes $5 million to support the long term sustainability of Te Aute College
The school has struggled for many decades because the land set aside by the Te Whatuiapiti hapu of Ngati Kahungunu as an endowment was instead leased indefinitely by the crown on peppercorn rentals.
Mr Flavell says the new endowment was a pleasant surprise.
"Good on them for thinking wider than just themselves and the adult population. They’ve thought education, they’ve thought young people and they’ve thought about the huge history that Te Aute had for our country so congratulations to them for doing that because that hopefully will secure enduring Te Aute College forever," he says.
The basis of the settlement was the aggressive nature of crown land buying in the regions, so that by 1930 only 6 percent of the land remained in Maori hands.
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