March 22, 2021
Te Whanake beckons for Ngati Paoa
Ngāti Paoa is looking to re-establish itself around Te Wai-o-Taiki or the Tamaki River in east Auckland once its historic treaty settlement is finalised.
The tribe signed its deed of settlement on Saturday and now must watch while the settlement legislation makes its way through parliament.
Negotiator Hauauru Rawiri says while a change of Government meant it switched an earlier plan for a housing development a Point England for the chance to buy school properties, it will still regain title to the Point England Reserve as well as have some of the land set aside for its own use.
"On this particular piece of land, Te Whanake, Paoa Whanake, Point England, we are looking at building a marae and papakainga there for our people of Ngāti Paoa and it's part of the whakaaro, the thinking around repatriation in the area where our tūpuna were," he says.
Mr Rawiri says strengthening whakapapa links and relationships with other iwi across Tāmaki Makaurau and Hauraki is going to be critical in bedding down the settlement.
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