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Ngati Ranginui Terms of Negotiation signed

Wednesday 1 October 2008, 7:02PM

By Michael Cullen

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Te Roopu Whakamana o Ng Hapk o Ngti Ranginui and the Crown have signed Terms of Negotiation, which set out the scope and the nature of their upcoming negotiations to settle Ngti Ranginui's historic Treaty of Waitangi claims

 

The claims of Ngti Ranginui primarily relate to raupatu (confiscation) of Maori land in the Tauranga district, following the war of 1864, and later land purchasing by the Crown. The Waitangi Tribunal's Te Raupatu o Tauranga Moana: Report on the Tauranga Confiscation Claims, which covers Ngti Ranginui's claims, was released in August 2004.

 

The Tribunal found that the Crown's confiscation of approximately 42,000 acres breached the Treaty and its principles.

Ngti Ranginui's area of interest extends from Ng Kuri a Wharei north of Tauranga, inland to the summit of Mount Te Aroha, extending south-east along the Kaimai Range to Pkwhenua and extending south to the Mangorewa River. From the Mangorewa River the boundary extends north-east to Otanewainuku and to coastal Wairakei. The area of interest includes MMtit+ and Tkhua Island, Mauao and the Athenree Crown Licensed Forest.

On 7 April 2008, the Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and the Minister of Mäori Affairs recognised Te Roopu Whakamana's Deed of Mandate to represent Ngti Ranginui hapk in Treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown.