17 Apr 2014

Historical claims settled in South Island

7:48 pm on 17 April 2014

All historical Treaty of Waitangi claims in the South Island have been settled.

The House passed two bills on Thursday giving effect to the final deeds of settlement for seven iwi in Te Waipounamu.

The House sat in extended hours on Thursday passing the Ngati Apa ki te Ra To, Ngati Kuia and Rangitane o Wairau Claims Settlement Bill. Each tribe receives a Crown apology and about $25 million financial redress.

The House also passed the Ngati Koata, Ngati Rarua, Ngati Tama ki Te Tau Ihu and Te Atiawa o Te Waka-a-Maui Claims Settlement Bill. They each receive about $12 million, an apology and the return of culturally significant sites.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson says it's a milestone for New Zealand as a country.