May 06, 2016
Wairarapa settlement a gift to nation
Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tamaki Nui a Rua will sign an agreement in principle at Dannevirke tomorrow to settle historic claims from Cape Turnagain down to Lake Wairarapa.
Masterton-based Maori Party MP Marama Fox says it comes after a 30-year process of research and negotiation, and means work can now start on the fine print of the settlement that will be put before parliament.
She says it's a huge day for the iwi but it's also a reminder of what has been lost.
"No matter what they come to, no matter what land is returned, no matter what assets are realised, they are literally 1 percent of what should be owed, and while we have the treaty backlash around the nation saying Maori have some sort of underserved privilege, what they will be recognising is the great gift we give back to the nation by not demanding 100 percent," Mrs Fox says.
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