10 Dec 2014

Parliament considers iwi settlements

1:29 pm on 10 December 2014

Parliament has passed a bill settling some of the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of a Waikato iwi and is also debating a second bill.

240714. Photo Diego Opatowski / RNZ. Maori from Tuhoe arriving for the final reading of the iwi's Treaty Settlement in Parliament. Chris Finlayson.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson welcomed the Ngati Koroki Kahukura Settlement Bill and upcoming Ngati Haua Claims Settlement Bill. Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

As part of the settlement, the Crown has apologised to the Ngati Koroki Kahukura iwi, which is centred around Maungatautari.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson said the Ngati Koroki Kahukura Settlement Bill would help right the Crown's past wrongs.

Marama Fox

Marama Fox Photo: SUPPLIED

Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox said the iwi had suffered many injustices including the confiscation and degradation of their land - and the bill acknowledged this.

"The Crown's apology [is] for policies and legislation that instigated and decimated the economic, social, environmental and cultural degradation of Ngati Koroki Kahukura and their physical and spiritual resources."

Parliament is also debating the third reading of the Ngati Haua Claims Settlement Bill today.

Mr 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."

Parliament will hold its final question time this afternoon before adjourning for the summer break.

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