November 02, 2016
Deed of settlement for Ahuriri claims
The crown has signed a deed of settlement to settle historic claims with seven Ngati Kahungunu hapu based around Ahuriri or the Napier area.
Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson says the grievances relate to land loss, military actions and adverse Crown polices, actions and omissions that left the hapu virtually landless by the beginning of the 20th century
The settlement provides an acknowledgement, apology and redress for the Crown’s historical breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi.
Financial and commercial redress includes $19.5 million and the right to buy shares in the Kaweka and Gwavas Crown Forest Licensed lands. Pakake, Heipipi Pa Historic Reserve and Conservation House in Napier will be vested in Ahuriri Hapu as part of their cultural redress.
The settlement will also establish a permanent statutory committee called Te Komiti Muriwai o Te Whanga to protect and enhance the environmental, economic, social, spiritual, historical and cultural values of the Ahuriri Estuary, Te Muriwai o Te Whanga.
Mr Finlayson says it’s the 81st deed of settlement signed by the crown.
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