18 Dec 2012

Three Taranaki iwi closer to settlements

7:28 pm on 18 December 2012

Three Taranaki iwi are to sign agreements with the Crown which will take them significantly closer towards finalising a Treaty settlement.

Representatives from Nga Ruahine, Taranaki and Te Atiawa iwi are expected to sign provisional agreements with the Minister of Treaty Settlements Chris Finlayson on Saturday 22 December.

A spokesperson from Mr Finlayson's office says Nga Ruahine and Te Atiawa will both sign an Agreement in Principle and Taranaki iwi will sign a Letter in Agreement, which involves slightly less detail.

The agreements provide a broad outline for what will be in the settlements, including financial and cultural redress.

The signing will take place at Parliament in what the Minister's office describes as a low key but important ceremony.

Following the signing, details of the compensation each iwi will receive will be worked out before a Deed of Settlement is reached.

Of the eight iwi in the Taranaki region, where the Crown acknowledges some of the worst historical Treaty breaches took place, four of them have settled.