25 May 2013

Treaty settlement progress for Ngati Haua

5:46 pm on 25 May 2013

A King Country tribe is due to initial its Treaty settlement with the Crown at Te Iti O Haua Marae in Hamilton on Friday.

It will put Ngati Haua further down the path towards resolving its claims.

Colonial troops occupied and confiscated its tribal lands after an invasion in 1863.

The Crown will apologise for the attack and other breaches of Tiriti o Waitangi.

The transfer of two reserves is part of the Government's planned redress.

The Waipa District Council will manage the Maungakawa and Gudex reserves on behalf of the customary owners.

Maungakawa is currently controlled by the Department of Conservation.

Waipa mayor Alan Livingston says his officials are looking forward to working with Ngati Haua.

A Ngati Haua ancestral chief who lived during the 1860s, Wiremu Tamihana, was known as the Maori kingmaker and was respected as a peacemaker.

The Maori king, Tuheitia, will be attending, and the ceremony will start at 7am with the raising of his flag.