18 Jul 2013

Ngati Haua signs Treaty settlement

7:56 pm on 18 July 2013

A Waikato-King Country tribe has signed its Treaty settlement with the Crown.

A ceremony for Ngati Haua members and Government ministers took place at Rukumoana Marae, near Morrinsville on Thursday.

The settlement acknowledges that colonial troops occupied and confiscated its tribal lands after an invasion in 1863.

The iwi will receive $13 million and the return of culturally significant sites such as the mountain Maungakawa, located within Te Tapui Scenic Reserve.

A treasured building that once housed a Waikato tribal parliament will also benefit from the agreement.

As part of the Treaty settlement, the Crown will provide funding for Te Kauwhanganui to be restored.

It was set up in 1892 by King Tawhiao for leaders from throughout the country to talk about issues affecting Maori.