September 30, 2022
Maniapoto settlement building cultural identity
Hauraki Waikato MP Nanaia Mahutu says the passing of legislation for Ngati Maniapoto’s $177 million treaty settlement opens up huge opportunities for the King Country iwi.
Ms Mahuta was a negotiator for the claim before Labour’s 2017 election win put her in cabinet.
She says the iwi has identified priorities including growing its economic base, addressing kaitiakitanga including cleaning up waterways in Te Rohe Potae, and building a sense of cultural identity.
“Ninety percent of the population of Maniapoto live outside the rohe so they’ve got to find a way to invest in the needs of Maniapoto outside the rohe and right now that’s been identified as a real hunger to connect with the reo, history, because identity is quite important to them as they do their things wherever they are in the country and around the world,” Ms Mahuta says.