August 22, 2017
Ngati Whatua agreement claimed in settlement carve up
Hauraki negotiator Paul Majurey says iwi in the collective are keen to move ahead with their individual settlements.
Ngati Whatua Orakei is crying foul at the Crown initialing a settlement with Ngati Paoa last week, saying it should have waited until a challenge to aspects of the settlement was heard by the Court of Appeal.
Orakei says the Crown has ripped up a rule defining rohe as land occupied in 1840, and it is allowing other iwi to choose settlement redress properties withing Ngati Whatua's central Auckland heartland.
Mr Majurey says the proper processes are being followed.
"Our people have been waiting a long time for these settlements. We started these negotiations in 2009. They are in respect of areas in which we have long histories, In Tamaki that was confirmed by the Waitangi Tribunal. It is also confirmed by the historical evidence. We are one of nga mana whenua o Tamaki Makaurau and the settlement legislation confirms that. The tribes all agreed with each other to do that including Ngati Whatua o Orakei so we are looking forward to moving on with our settlement," he says.
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