September 26, 2023
Te Whānau a Apanui initials settlement
Te Whānau a Apanui and the Crown have initialled a deed of settlement in recognition of their historical Treaty of Waitangi claims.
The Eastern Bay of Plenty iwi has a population of about 13,000 people, with their area of interest being between Hawai and Pōtikirua.
Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little says it recognises the centrality of its 12 hapū to Te Whānau a Apanui, and the importance of te ao tūroa – the natural world.
Negotiations began in 2004 under the former Foreshore and Seabed Act, and the package includes takutai moana rights which deliver on aspects of a 2008 heads of agreement signed under that Act as well as the reservation of 5,000 hectares of marine space for aquaculture.
It also includes more than $30 million financial, cultural, and commercial redress, 12 sites of cultural significance, bespoke natural resource and conservation arrangements over the Raukūmara Range, including a joint Conservation Management Strategy, and a joint relationship agreement with core Crown agencies
Te Whānau a Apanui members will now consider the settlement package and whether to ratify deed.