September 13, 2017
Settlement gives Maru wide footprint
A Hauraki negotiator hopes the iwi's collective settlement can be signed off before next week's election, leaving the incoming Governemnt wiht just the task of legislating all the individual and collective settlements.
Paul Majurey was also the lead negotiator for Ngati Maru, which initialed its deed last Friday alongside deals for Ngati Tamatera and Ngati Patukirikiri.
They will now go out for ratification by iwi members aged over 18.
Ngati Maru's settlement is valued at about $28 million, including its share in the former Landcorp dairy units at Pouara on the Hauraki Plains.
Mr Majurey says it includes a range of properties that mark the tribe's Matakana ki Matakana footprint.
"So properties in Te Puna/Katikati through to central Tamaki and out onto the motu of Tikapamoana – Waiheke, Aotea, and round the peninsula Ahuahu, so a wide spread of properties. Also the recognition of the treaty breaches is important and a commercial and financial base to help us grow the putea for the people," he says.
Mr Majurey says Hauraki is still in talks with Tauranga Moana iwi aimed at defusing tension over claim boundaries.
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