July 05, 2018
Redress at last for Tamaoho after 155 years
Parliament will today hear the third reading of a bill settling the historic claims of south Auckland iwi Ngāti Tamaoho.
It comes hard on the heels of last week’s Ngai Tai ki Tāmaki Settlement Bill, as the crown tries to wrap up settlements in Tāmaki Makaurau.
Manurewa MP Louisa Wall says Tamaoho, which has about 3000 members and a marae and Mangatangi is part of the Waiōhua group of iwi affiliated to Waikato Tainui.
The bill is a chance for its story to be told.
"The crown requested all of our iwi to swear allegiance in 1863 and if we didn't essentially we were treated as if we were opponents of the state. That's what happened to Ngati Tamaoho. They didn't swear allegiance soon enough so the state came in, they burned our buildings, they looted and they pushed us off our lands and that really was the beginning of the Waikato Land Wars," Ms Wall says.
Ngāti Tamaoho will be welcomed to parliament with a mihi whakatau about 1pm and the bill will be read after question time.
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