Ngāti Tūwharetoa have first reading of treaty claims settlement bill in parliament
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Ngāti Tūwharetoa have first reading of treaty claims settlement bill in parliament

November 25, 2019


From Taranaki to Tongariro, central North Island
iwi Ngati Tuwharetoa had its first reading
in parliament this week for its treaty claims
settlement bill. It’s the first step towards legalising the tribe’s
$25 million treaty settlement which was signed at parliament
in July of this year. 32 sites of significance
will also be returned. One of the tribe’s treaty
negotiators, Te Ngaehe Wanikau, says in addition to the benefits
of the treaty settlement – the most important thing
this process has brought about is the unity of Tuwharetoa. It’s not about money or the land. Even though those things
are helpful, they aren’t the most
important things in life. Uniting Tuwharetoa,
that’s what is important. Ngati Tuwharetoa is also part
of a collective of iwi the Crown will engage
within future negotiations regarding the
Tongariro National Park.

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