$35million redress for historical acts
Tauranga Moana iwi Nga Potiki a Tamapahore vows to grow the proportion of their Treaty settlement to continue strengthening existing initiatives for the benefit of all descendants.
Members of Ngai Te Rangi and Nga Potiki have gathered at Whareroa Marae in Mount Maunganui to witness the signing of a $35million Treaty of Waitangi settlement.
Ngai Te Rangi chairperson Charlie Tawhiao and Nga Potiki a Tamapahore Trust Chairperson Colin Reeder sign the agreement. Photos: Tracy Hardy.
Minister of Treaty Negotiations Christopher Finlayson.
Both Ngai Te Rangi and Nga Potiki will each sign a deed with the Crown marking the end of negotiations with the Crown over redress for historical acts.
Nga Potiki a Tamapahore Trust Chairperson Colin Reeder says Nga Potiki have worked long and hard to reach the Deed of Settlement signing milestone.
"In signing the treaty, we do so knowing our effort has been about empowering all of our people - everyone counts.
"We need to acknowledge and redress past injustices for the benefit of all our people and the Settlement will enable us to do that."
Specific outcomes for Nga Potiki, from the Ngai Te Rangi and Nga Potiki a Tamapahore Deed of Settlement are:
-Quantum $3.2million (Nga Potiki estimates the total value at $20million including land and estates).
-A separate Post Settlement Governance Entity.
-The return of important tribal land and;
-Specific ongoing relationship with Government to achieve Nga Potiki aspirations.
Naga Potiki estimates the settlement represents less than one per cent of the value of the land that was confiscated from them in the 1860s and subsequent Public Works Act land takings in the 1940s-1990s.
"We are confident we can rebuild, reconnect and revitalise from this aettlement," says Colin.
Members of Ngai Te Rangi and Nga Potiki, along with Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson, at the treaty signing in Mount Maunganui today.
In the settlement Nga Potiki will get back 50 acres of a 100 acre block, the other 50 acres was allocated to Waitaha nui a Hei iwi in their deed of settlement.
Already, both iwi have aspirations to work together and investigate a joint venture to develop the land for an exciting, affordable social and commercial housing project.
Nga Potiki will be given exclusive statutory acknowledgement of the Papamoa coast from Parakiri to Wairakei.
"Nga Potiki takes seriously our kaitiakitanga [guardian relationship] to our coast line, the sea runs through our veins," says Colin.
“So this aspect of the settlement is very important to us - it reconfirms our connection and affinity with the coast and the sea.”
Colin says in terms of cultural revitalisation, which can promote traditional bush practices, matauranga and rekindle ties to Waitaha and Tapuika iwi - 20 acres of Department of Conservation land at Otara reconnects to the ngahere that their ancestors enjoyed.
“We want to hold wananga in the bush on Maori medicines, youth trips to reconnect with the land, flora and fauna and really walk the talk in regards to kaitiakitanga like our ancestors did."
With a current registered population of 540, and estimated population of 2500, Nga Potiki may be small, "but we punch above our weight", says Colin.
"We already have a fantastic affordable housing programme in place and this Settlement will help us take it to a whole new level.”