8 Aug 2013

Raukawa Treaty bill receives its first reading in Parliament

1:09 pm on 8 August 2013

Ngati Raukawa's Treaty settlement bill passed its first reading in Parliament on Wednesday.

The South Waikato iwi signed its deed of settlement in June last year. It includes an apology, acknowledgment of the history between the Crown and Raukawa, and commercial redress worth $50 million.

The Crown also agrees to recognise the tribe's connections to several sites, such as the Arahiwi and Kaahu scenic reserves, as well as to the Waikato River.

Passed unanimously, the bill now goes to the Maori Affairs Select Committee for consideration.

Meanwhile, the Urewera-Tuhoe bill was introduced into the House on Wednesday. It ultimately splits into two bills, one giving effect to the tribe's deed and the other recognising the new status of Te Urewera National Park as having its own legal identity.

The bill will receive its first reading at a later stage.