May 11, 2018
People part of post-settlement investment
A treaty settlement negotiator says it’s time post-settlement iwi started thinking about how their land and settlement assets can house, employ and feed their people.
Willie Te Aho says it’s an approach he is looking at with Te Whanau a Apanui in the eastern Bay of Plenty, which has plans to develop 600 hectares for horticulture in what it is calling a fruit basket.
"Too often we have great settlements that get bigger but our people don't get bigger and better so we've got to flip around the model. As the chair of my hapu trust in Raukokore, I'm championing the new approach of building from the land up and building the people, and in that way you will get a more sustainable settlement and more sustainable people," he says.
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