Treaty settlement bills give nearly $100M

  • 09/09/2015
Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson (Simon Wong)
Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson (Simon Wong)

Parliament has passed four Treaty of Waitangi settlement bills that give iwi nearly $100 million compensation.

Redress in the Te Hiku claims bills include giving iwi joint governance over Ninety Mile Beach in the Far North.

"Crown actions and omissions during the 19th and 20th centuries left Te Hiku iwi with very little land, or virtually landless," Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson said after the bills were passed today.

"Opportunities for economic, social and cultural development were lost and tribal structures were weakened as many had to leave their rohe altogether."

Mr Finlayson says those who remained now live in one of the most socially and economically deprived areas of New Zealand.

"The four settlements will provide a base for the iwi to rebuild economically and to exercise their mana," he said.

"They include amounts totalling $96.6 million and cultural redress that supports the aspirations of the iwi to exercise their kaitiakitanga over ancestral lands."