September 11, 2017
Tension causes division among Hauraki members
Members of a Hauraki iwi have complained to the Waitangi Tribunal it is being rushed into a settlement.
The Ngati Rahiri Tumutumu members say the Crown’s settlement policies are causing division and dissent within the iwi.
A deed of settlement was initialed in July giving the iwi $5.5 million in financial and commercial redress and 17 sites of cultural significance, including reserves on Mt Te Aroha.
The claimants says they were given less than a month to ratify it.
In 2014 the tribunal looked into the Ngati Rahiri Tumutumu settlement and identified tension between the iwi and the Hauraki Collective over the return of land on Te Aroha maunga, which is iconic to all Hauraki iwi.
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