12 Aug 2010

Vote to be held on settlement offer

8:55 am on 12 August 2010

Ngati Rereahu descendants will be asked this month if they will accept a settlement for the loss of almost 20,000 hectares around the Pureora Forest northwest of Lake Taupo.

Glen Katu from Te Maru o Rereahu Trust says a Crown offer involving cash, Crown forest and conservation land, cultural redress and an apology will be put to five hui in Auckland, Wellington and the central North Island.

While the settlement is a fraction of what was lost, Mr Katu told Waatea News the iwi was able to get around a settlement policy that forced claimants into what the Crown calls large natural groupings and will not impact on other settlements.