1 Apr 2015

Iwi moves forward after settlement

7:47 am on 1 April 2015

By Eru Rerekura, Te Manu Korihi eru.rerekura@radionz.co.nz

The Chairperson of a Ngāi Tahu hapū is offering to give a Taranaki tribe guidance as it moves into post Treaty settlement mode.

Ngāruahine iwi last week received an official apology from the Crown for exiling its ancestors to the South Island in the 1800s.

It brings closure to its Treaty of Waitangi settlement that was signed in August last year.

Ngāti Waewae on the South Island's West Coast has a strong connection with Ngāruahine.

It has been the guardians of the Taranaki's tribe's ancestors who are buried it in its tribal cemetery in Hokitika.

Its chair, Francois Tumahai, said Ngāti Waewae and Ngāi Tahu whānui were in a good position to offer Ngāruahine advice.

"I'm already talking with their chair on where we can, not necessarily assist them, but you know, if there's some road blocks on the way, or hurdles that we've been through, so already conversations have started." said Mr Tumahai.

"I'm sure there's stuff that they'll learn from us. It's not about telling them what to do, it's about hey look this is what we've found, if there's anything you want to take from that, then all good."

Ngāi Tahu completed its Treaty Settlement with the Crown in 1998. The deed of settlement included compensation of $170 million and granted the tribe ownership of certain sites and resources of significance such as Aoraki Mount Cook, and pounamu or greenstone found on the South Island's West Coast.

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