Waikato River Iwi Make $3m settlement

03:40, Dec 20 2012
Ngati Koroki-Kahukura treaty signing
Labour spokesperson for economical development of Maori, Shane Jones and Treaty Negotiation minister, Chris Finlayson are welcomed onto the Marae.
Ngati Koroki-Kahukura treaty signing
King Tuheitia and other dignitaries preside over the signing ceremony.
Ngati Koroki-Kahukura treaty signing
King Tuheitia and other dignitaries preside over the signing ceremony.
Ngati Koroki-Kahukura treaty signing
Rahui Papa, left, Louise Upston and Treaty negotiations minister, Chris Finlayson.
Ngati Koroki-Kahukura treaty signing
From left, Hinerangi Kara, Linda Te Aho, Tipene Wilson, Karaitiana Tamatea, Chris Finlayson, Louise Upston, Taiapa Kara, Taotao Tauroa and Rahui Papa.
Ngati Koroki-Kahukura treaty signing
Treaty negotiation minister Chris Finlayson and Shane Jones are welcomed onto the marae.

A Waikato River iwi settled its historical grievance with the Crown at Maungatautari this morning.

The $3 million settlement acknowledged Maori customary title, acquisition of Pukeatua School and management arrangements over the Waikato River.

The Crown apologised for reaches of the Treaty of Waitangi and acknowledged Ngati Koroki-Kahukura as kaitiaki and mana whenua in the Lake Karapiro catchment area.

Ngati Koroki-Kahukura was part of the Waikato-Tainui Raupatu settlement in 1995 and filed a second claim in 2004 with regard to interests that fell outside of the first claim.

Minister of Treaty negotiations Chris Finlayson was at Maungatautari Marae this morning for the settlement.

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