May 01, 2016
Wairarapa settlement ready for signing
Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tamaki Nui-a-Rua will get back the bed of Lake Wairarapa and $93 million in the settlement of its historic claims.
An agreement in principle will be signed with Treaty Settlements Minister Christopher Finlayson at Dannevirke Town Hall next Saturday.
The settlement covers an area totaling a million hectares from Cape Turnagain to Cape Palliser and across to the Ruahine, Tararua and Rimutaka Ranges.
Just 200 registered descendants took part in the ratification vote, carrying the deal by 87 percent.
Trust chair Ian Perry says at the 2006 census about 10,000 people identified with Kahungunu ki Wairarapa.
He says colonisation had a devastating affect on the iwi, and tupuna started protesting the actions of the crown back on the 1800s.
As well as the bed of Wairarapa Moana, the iwi will get 70 per cent of Ngaumu Forest land.
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