March 06, 2023
Historic date for Whakatōhea signing
Te Whakatōhea will sign its treaty claims settlement on May 27, the 183rd anniversary of seven of its rangatira signing Te Tiriti o Waitangi in Opotiki.
Whakatōhea Pre-Settlement Claims Trust chair Graeme Riesterer says it will be a day of remembrance as well as celebration for the iwi, which has been battling for 135 years for justice.
The $100 million settlement will be transformational for Whakatōhea and the Ōpōtiki community, enabling much-needed financial investment, increasing employment opportunities and improving living conditions for everyone in the rohe.
Outside of the financial redress, settlement provides a platform to support the growth and protection of whānau, whenua and moana.
The health, education, and wellbeing of whānau will be prioritised under the mana of Whakatōhea, and Mr Reisterer says there will also be investment in the cultural capability of whānau including reo, tikanga, waiata and kapa haka.