December 20, 2017
Tuwharetoa settlement passes first reading
Rangatira of Ngati Tuwharetoa were at parliament this morning to witness the first reading of the tribe's treaty settlement bill.
Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little welcomed and acknowledged Sir Tumu Te Heuheu and negotiator Sir Michael Cullen who have worked tirelessly for Ngati Tuwharetoa.
The settlement includes an agreed historical account, a Crown apology, $25 million in commercial redress and cultural redress including almost $4 million to support the cultural and environmental revitalisation of Ngati Tuwharetoa, the transfer of 32 sites of cultural significance, and the establishment of the Tongariro Trout Hatchery and Freshwater Ecology Centre Trust, to be managed by Ngati Tuwharetoa, the Minister of Conservation and the Tongariro National Trout Centre Society Incorporated.
In 2008 Ngati Tuwharetoa received a share of Crown Forest Land in the Central North Island valued at $203 million as part of the Central North Island Forests Iwi Collective settlement.
Ngati Tuwharetoa are also part of a collective of iwi the Crown will engage with in future negotiations regarding the Tongariro National Park.
The Iwi and Hapu of Te Rohe Wairoa Claims Settlement Bill also received its second reading today.
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