27 Jun 2010

Iwi sees strong basis for Treaty negotiations

3:06 pm on 27 June 2010

A Wairarapa iwi believes it now has a strong foundation on which to base a Treaty of Waitangi settlement.

The Waitangi Tribunal on Saturday issued a report which criticised the Crown for buying land in Wairarapa too quickly in the 19th century.

The tribunal says Maori were left virtually landless and it suggests compensation be made to both the Ngati Kahungunu and Rangitane iwi.

The Rangitane iwi says it now has a clear and strong evidential base for negotiations with the Crown.

Spokesperson Tipene Chrisp says he's sure that final settlement by Parliament's deadline of 2014, for all claims to be settled, is possible.