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Deed of Settlement with Taranaki Whanui

Wednesday 20 August 2008, 10:31PM

By Michael Cullen

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The Port Nicholson Block Claims Team have signed a Deed of Settlement with the Crown settling all the historical Treaty claims of Taranaki Whnui at a ceremony at Wellington’s Pipitea Marae.

Taranaki Whnui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika is a collective that comprises people from a number of Taranaki iwi whose ancestors migrated to Wellington in the 1820s and 30s and signed the Port Nicholson Block Deed of Purchase in 1839.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Michael Cullen said today’s signing was an important milestone in the relationship between the Crown and iwi in New Zealand’s capital city.

The settlement package includes:

· an historical account, Crown acknowledgements of historical breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi and its principles, a Crown apology, and the innovation of a Statement of forgiveness from Taranaki Whnui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika to the Crown;

· a cultural redress package featuring the transfer of a number of sites of cultural significance to Taranaki Whnui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika, including the three islands in Wellington Harbour, with public access rights preserved; and

· a quantum of $25.025 million, as well as the opportunity to purchase a number of Crown properties in Wellington city and the surrounding region.

 

"The signing of this historic document is unquestionably a significant event for the Crown and Taranaki Whnui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika, but also for the wider Wellington community,” Dr Cullen said.

“The redress in the settlement will improve relationships between iwi, the Crown and local authorities, and creates new opportunities for economic development. The Deed settles all the historical claims of Taranaki Whnui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika, which is a major step towards settling all historical claims in the Wellington region.”

The settlement will become final when it is implemented through legislation. Settlement legislation will be introduced to Parliament in the coming weeks.