December 05, 2022
New chapter in Crown-Maniapoto relations
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says an apology to Ngati Maniapoto marks the beginning of a renewed relationship with the King Country iwi.
The Prime Minister and the Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister, Andrew Little, were in Te Rohe Potae on Staturday to deliver the crown apology for historic breaches of Te Tiriti of Waitangi and to sign the Maniapoto Deed of Settlement.
The ceremony, which followed the passing of the Maniapoto Claims Settlement Act in September, drew about 3000 people to Te Kūiti Pā.
Ms Ardern says the Crown is truly sorry for its many breaches of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and profoundly regrets its horrific and needless acts of war against Maniapoto.
Mr Little says when Maniapoto rangatira signed the Treaty of Waiting in 1840 they expected to build a partnership with the Crown, but the Crown repeatedly broke its promises, leading to devastating loss of life and land, and social and economic deprivation.
The settlement includes $177 million in financial and commercial redress, a range of cultural redress, and commitments by government agencies to work closely with the iwi on a range of issues.
The ceremony Te Rangiwaituhi followed a two-day 150th anniversary celebration of the whare tupuna, Te Tokanganui ā-Noho, built by Ringatū prophet Te Kooti in gratitude for the shelter provided for him by Maniapoto.