28 Feb 2013

Ngati Haua heading for settlement

7:47 pm on 28 February 2013

Waikato iwi Ngati Haua is closer to settling its Treaty grievances.

It's signed an Agreement in Principle with the Crown, which will later lead to the tribe fully resolving its claims.

Although the iwi was part of the Waikato Raupatu settlement, a new agreement will cover claims specific to Ngati Haua.

The Crown will acknowledge it acted unjustly and in breach of the Treaty of Waitangi - by sending in its forces across the Mangatawhiri River in 1863.

Colonial troops then occupied and confiscated land in the Waikato region - which the Crown says led to Ngati Haua being unfairly labelled as rebels.

The project manager for the tribe's trust board, Muna Wharawhara, says the accord will acknowledge how their ancestors suffered.

The Office of Treaty Settlements is planning to transfer a number of Crown properties to the iwi, including the Morrinsville Court House - which would then be lended back to the state.

Financial redress will add up to $13 million.

The chair of the tribe's trust, Lance Rapana, has said its claim progressed rapidly when Tukoroirangi Morgan of Waikato-Tainui acted as a Crown facilitator.