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Government signs $100m treaty settlement

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/11/2016

The government has apologised to Wairoa iwi and hapu at the signing of a $100 million Treaty of Waitangi settlement.

Following a ceremony between the Crown and Te Tira Whakaemi o Te Wairoa at Takitimu Marae in Hawke's Bay on Saturday, Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson said the settlement provided for a stronger cultural and economic future.

The settlement provides an acknowledgement, apology and redress for the Crown's historical breaches of the Treaty.

"The historical grievances of Te Wairoa iwi and hapu relate to the loss of the vast majority of their rohe, intense military campaigns and socio-economic deprivation, the effects of which can still be seen today," Mr Finlayson said.

He was earlier welcomed onto the marae with a powhiri.

The settlement - the fifth largest ever in financial terms - covers seven cluster groups of iwi and hapu in northern Hawke's Bay, southern Gisborne, the town of Wairoa, Lake Waikaremoana and the Mahia peninsula. It covers more than 30,000 people.

It includes the assets of the Wharerata and Patunamu Forests, a number of Department of Conservation sites, and a social and economic revitalisation strategy in partnership with government agencies.

The settlement will also establish Te Rohe o Te Wairoa Reserves Board-Matangirau to manage five reserves in the Wairoa area. Membership of this board will comprise an equal number of representatives from a trust and the Wairoa District Council.

"This settlement has received overwhelming support from the claimant community. It will benefit the iwi and hapu of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa as well as the wider Wairoa region," Mr Finlayson said.

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