12 Dec 2013

Apologies and compensation for Tauranga tribes

7:33 pm on 12 December 2013

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

Ngai Te Rangi and Nga Potiki will both sign their Deeds of Settlement on Saturday.

The Crown says it apologises unreservedly for disrespecting the mana and rangatiratanga of the iwi.

In particular, the Crown says it's profoundly sorry that Ngai Te Rangi lost ownership of Mauao (Mount Maunganui) for 120 years.

The Crown has also apologised for their loss of coastal lands at Papamoa.

Ngai Te Rangi and Nga Potiki lost access to coastal urupa, kainga, food-gathering areas.

Ngai Te Rangi Runanga chairperson Charlie Tawhiao says the history of what happened at the hands of Crown will go on record for thousands of descendants.

He says the account is important for his own people who have lost their tribal story, to understand what the settlement is about.

The Treaty settlement package includes $29.5 million for Ngai Te Rangi and $3.1 million for Nga Potiki.

Ngai Te Rangi will take ownership of Motuotau and Karewa Islands.