Ngati Haua Claims Settlement Bill Third Reading
The third and final reading of the Ngati Haua Claims Settlement Bill took place on 10 December 2014 at Parliament Buildings. The final reading of the Ngati Koroki-Kahukura Claims Settlement Bill was also held on the same day making for an extremely historical day for both iwi.
This significant milestone marks the formal end of the settlement negotiations process and allows for the balance of the cash and assets to be transferred to Ngati Haua.
Detailed information in relation to the legislation can be found at http://bit.ly/15UCfRz
A large Ngati Haua delegation including the Tumuaki travelled to Wellington to attend this significant event. Each Ngati Haua marae was given the opportunity to select people from their respective marae to travel. Priority was given to kaumatua and those that had been involved with and instrumental in the claims and settlement negotiations process. A number of whanau based in Wellington also attended this special occasion.
Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Hon Christopher Finlayson told Parliament the settlement had been a long time coming. “The Crown recognises the long and the heavy burden this iwi has shouldered in pursuing justice for the wrongs of the Crown,” he said. “It is my hope that the settlement heralds the beginning of a new relationship between the Crown and Ngati Haua based on the principles of the Treaty.”
Students from Te Wharekura to Te Rau Aroha entertain during the lunch break, along with Principal and Co-Chair of Ngati Haua Iwi Trust Mokoro Gillett.