November 20, 2016
Te Atiawa short changed by Waitara bill
The Te Atiawa post-settlement trust is rejecting the bill that is supposed to resolve a major loose end in its settlement.
The Maori Affairs select committee was in New Plymouth today to hear submissions on the New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Bill, which will give Waitara some surplus council land and ownership in name only of some reserves while allowing the rest of the town’s leaseholders to freehold their properties.
Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust says while it initially supported the high level principles behind the bill, it ended up getting much less land than it expected.
There was also significant opposition from the hapu based in the town, Manukorihi and Otaraua.
Te Kotahitanga was not involved in drafting the bill, and the council ignored its submissions on what needed to change.
It says the base the New Plymouth District Council’s proposal is not in the spirit of the deed of settlement and it does not acknowledge the history of the land, which is where the first shots in the Land Wars were fired.
Read the submission here: http://teatiawa.iwi.nz/te-kotahitanga-o-te-atiawa-trust-submission-new-plymouth-district-council-waitara-lands-vbill-2016/
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