June 21, 2018
Heretaunga Tamatea settlement law passes
Nine busloads from Hastings descended on parliament this morning so Kahungunu members could witness the third reading of the Heretaunga Tamatea Claims Settlement Bill.
The bill acknowledges a history of broken promises and land loss, with shonky crown land dealing leaving the iwi at the end of the 19th century with just 200,000 acres out of its original 1.4 million acres.
The $100 million settlement includes Kāweka and Gwavas crownd forest land, which will be owned jointly with with Ahuriri hapu, cultural redress such as the vesting of sites, statutory acknowledgments and deeds of recognition over sites of historical, cultural and spiritual significance.
There is also a component for Te Aute College, whose endowment has been crippled by long term leases that deliver minimal returns to the trust.
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