15 Dec 2013

Tauranga tribes sign deed with Crown

8:46 am on 15 December 2013

Two Tauranga tribes have agreed to a package from the Crown for historical breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Ngai Te Rangi and Nga Potiki signed deeds of settlement at Whareroa Marae near Tauranga on Saturday.

The tribes lost access to coastal urupa, kainga, and food-gathering areas, leaving them virtually landless.

The Crown has apologised for the past wrongs, saying it is profoundly sorry Ngai Te Rangi lost ownership of Mount Maunganui for 120 years.

The settlement includes financial and commercial redress of $26.5 million for Ngai Te Rangi and $3 million for Nga Potiki.

It is the eighth settlement signed by the Crown this year and the 41st since November 2008.