15 Nov 2012

Auckland Treaty package almost law

8:48 am on 15 November 2012

The Treaty of Waitangi settlement bill for the Auckland hapu Ngati Whatua o Orakei will have have its third and final reading in Parliament on Thursday.

It's nearly 20 years since the sub-tribe started negotiating for a package from the Crown.

Ngati Whatua o Orakei Maori Trust Board chairperson Grant Hawke says his people have put in years of work on the claim - and some have died on what he calls an arduous journey.

He says it will be a day of contrasts, delight and sadness - leaving the hapu philosophical about the bill being sent to become law.

Mr Hawke's urging all Aucklanders to read part of the Deed of Settlement - which is an account of how the Crown treated Ngati Whatua o Orakei.

The Crown has said it profoundly regrets and is deeply sorry for leaving the sub-tribe virtually landless by 1855 - damaging the hapu's social, economic and spiritual well-being

It also apologises for not honouring its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.

Before it becomes law, the bill will be signed by the Governor-General and given royal assent.