25 Jul 2014

Minister gives assurance on Tuhoe deal

7:40 am on 25 July 2014

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson has assured Parliament that the passing of the Tuhoe settlement legislation on Thursday won't stop iwi and hapu groups who also have an interest in Te Urewera, from having their claims settled.

Chris Finlayson.

Chris Finlayson. Photo: RNZ

Te Urewera National Park will become a new legal entity and will be governed by a board of Tuhoe and Crown appointees.

The Crown also acknowledged Tuhoe grievances over land confiscations and brutal military campaigns with the inclusion of a $170 million settlement.

The New Zealand First Party abstained on the vote highlighting that some neighbouring iwi and hapu groups have competing interests.

But Mr Finlayson disputed the idea their claims won't be resolved. He said redress proposed in the bill did not preclude any future redress that maybe agreed to with other iwi and hapu interested in Te Urewera.