3 Oct 2008

Maori sign Tribunal settlement over health services

10:10 pm on 3 October 2008

Maori in Hawke's Bay have signed a deed of settlement for a Waitangi Tribunal claim over health services.

The claim, which three individuals lodged in 1998, followed a decision to close Napier hospital and relocate major health services to Hastings.

It alleged the Crown breached Treaty of Waitangi principles by failing to provide for the health and well-being of Maori in Ahuriri, or Napier.

Since 2001 when the Waitangi Tribunal found the the Crown had breached its duties, the parties have been negotiating a settlement.

The package is worth just over $2.5 million, includes the provision of contracts for oral health, social services and traditional Maori healing.