Maori King makes bid for Auckland

  • 21/08/2015
Maori King makes bid for Auckland

The Maori King has laid out a bold wish, after revealing a Treaty claim for the entire Auckland region.

King Tuheitia explained the plan to 500 people gathered at Turangawaewae Marae, including Prime Minister John Key.

The Kingitanga claim covers a huge area from Warkworth all the way down to the Hauraki Plains.

King Tuheitia says he's already started talks with Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson over his historical grievance.

A spokesman for the iwi, Tukuroirangi Morgan, told reporters they wanted to resolve the issues within a year.

Back in 1995 Tainui's original settlement - the first settlement for historical confiscation - included cash and land valued at $170 million, and that figure has since tripled in value.

Ngati Whatua also lays claim to the Auckland region, but Mr Morgan said an accommodation could be reached.

Ngati Whatua spokesman Ngarimu Blair says the claim comes as no surprise.

"I'm sure there will be more. This is Auckland. People love Auckland."

He says the two iwi have a longstanding intergenerational relationship and he looks forward to talking to them about their interests in Auckland.

Mr Finlayson released a statement saying the Crown recognises Waikato-Tainui as one of several groups having historical claims in the Auckland region.

He would welcome what he terms a robust mandate strategy, but that the Crown hasn't recognised any entity as having the mandate to negotiate a settlement of the remaining claims.

There's no doubt a big player has just entered the scrap for one of the country's most valuable territories.

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