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Settlement signed with Maungaharuru-Tangitu

Published: 1:24PM Saturday May 25, 2013 Source: ONE News

The Crown has signed a deed of settlement for all outstanding historical Treaty claims with Maungaharuru-Tangitu hapu.

The settlement includes financial and commercial redress amount of $23 million and the return of culturally significant properties including part of Opouahi Station and Opouahi Scenic Reserve and the Te Pohue Domain Recreational Reserve. Public access will not change.

"Maungaharuru-Tangitu hapu were left virtually landless after Crown-initiated military conflict, raupatu and other actions," Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson said.

"We cannot fully compensate for those actions. But this settlement will bring benefits to Maungaharuru-Tangitu Hapu, and the wider community, as it allows it to develop an economic base in its traditional areas."

As well as Finlayson, the Crown was represented at the signing at the marae near Napier by Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples and Local Government Minister Chris Tremain who is also the local Member of Parliament.

"Today's settlement is an important step towards resolving all historical Treaty grievances in a just and durable manner for the good of iwi and all New Zealanders," Finlayson said.

The settlement will now be given effect through legislation.

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