March 02, 2017
Crown’s Parihaka offer still light
The Parihaka community is willing to accept a package to acknowledge its historic claims, but it feels the $9 million on offer falls short of what is needed for its future development.
That’s the feedback from a consultation process run over the summer by the Parihaka Papakainga Trust.
The Parihaka Reconciliation Process is separate to the claim settlements with Taranaki iwi, and acknowledges the special circumstances around the village’s history of resistance to colonisation and land confiscation.
The crown is offering a support package to reconcile its relationship with Parihaka which includes a relationship agreement between Parihaka and crown agencies and local authorities in Taranaki.
The financial component is tagged for healing and reconciliation, infrastructure and cultural development.
The trust says Parihaka do not want the special factors of the Parihaka legacy to be overshadowed by the issue of money.
It says a small section of our community do not support any form of reconciliation with the crown.
It’s hoping for a crown response by April 2, and until then will work with the crown on the text of an apology and a Parihaka legacy statement.
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