Turanga AIP signed off
The negotiations have involved a cluster of hapu and iwi coming together under the mantle of Turanganui a Kiwa.
Waatea News reporter and former Gisborne resident Marire Kuka has been reading the small print in the $59 million settlement.
Gathered at Mangatu Marae north of the city were representatives from Ngai Tamanuhiri ... Te Pou a Haokai, which includes Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Whanau a Kai, NgaAriki Kaiputahi, Te Whanau a Wi Pere and Te Whanau a Rangiwhakataetaea ... and Rongowhakaata, including Ngā Uri o Te Kooti Rikirangi.
It was the circumstances around Te Kooti's imprisonment and subsequent escape from the Chatham Islands in 1868 which gave rise to many of the grievances.
The claimant iwi, who represent about 12,000 members, are being offered $59 million dollars in commercial redress to buy about 20,000 hectares of Crown Forest Land, with the option to buy another 18 Crown-owned properties over the next two years.
Another 16 properties from the landbank of surplus Crown properties are being gifted, along with two Gisborne District Council properties which were subject to longstanding grievances about the way they were acquired.
Cultural redress includes more properties, recognition of Rongowhakaata's ownership of the house Te Hau ki Turanga, which is now in the national museum Te Papa, and the return of wahi tapu including Young Nicks Head Historic Reserve.
MAORI PARTY FEELS FOR TROUBLED PETERS
Maori Party co leader Pita Sharples says the Party is feeling strong empathy for New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters and his team as he comes under fire over donations.
Dr Sharples says he is confident that the other Maori in New Zealand First will be standing loyally with Winston Peters.
"He's quite rightly named his party New Zealand First and that's how he sees it so he's hell bent on pursuing economic and safety goals for ll of New Zealand and does not show any preference or priority for Maori issues in that sense but his pride in being Maori and enjoying life as a Maori is very clear and very evident," he says.
Dr Sharples says while this is in direct contrast to the Maori Party which is championing Maori rights and promoting Maori aspirations the two parties are heading in the same direction in terms of building strong New Zealand unity and nationhood.
RON MARK DEFENDS BOSS
New Zealand First MP Ron Mark is confident his leader Winston Peters and the Party will weather the storm surrounding political donations.
Ron Mark says there is pure hatred towards Winston Peters and New Zealand First by business and other interests who don't want to see them in Parliament.
"The goal for me right now and other New Zealand First MPs is to take care of the business that's before the House right now firstly and foremost, right through to when Parliament lifts, and then obviously to fight a campaign and make sure New Zealand First is back there, to make sure people understand what's happened to us, and don't allow these people to win in the long run," Mr Mark says.
YOUNG NICKS HEAD TO BECOME MAORI OWNED NATIONAL RESERVE
Turanganui-a-Kiwa claimants have outlined a plan to turn the first land seen by Captain Cook's crew into a national reserve.
It's one of cultural redress items in a treaty settlement agreement in principle signed today at Managatu Marae near Gisborne by representatives of iwi in the 12,000-strong cluster.
The settlement covers a turbulent history.
On September the 24th, 1769, 12 year old Nicholas Young spotted mountains south of Poverty Bay.
To mark the feat, Captain James Cook named the landmark at the southern end of the Bay Young Nick's Head.
Tribes in the area knew it as Te Kuri a Paoa, and losing the name of their maunga was the first of many losses to those who came in the tall ships - of lives, of land, of language, culture and livelihood,
The settlement package which negotiators from Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga a Mahaki and Ngai Tamanuhiri will nail down over the next year includes a $59 million dollar commercial redress package of forests and surplus Crown land, as well as 18 properties which will be bought and leased back to government agencies.
A number of wahi tapu will come back, including the 38 hectare Young Nicks Head Historic Reserve.
It will be held and administered as a historic reserve, and declared a national reserve in recognition of its significance to the whole country.
The deal also includes $100,000 to build a memorial to those Tūranganui-a-Kiwa who lost their lives as a result of past Crown actions.
LAST GAME FOR RUBEN WIKI ON HOME GROUND
Fans of Ruben Wiki will be at Mt Smart this weekend as the Maori rugby league legend plays what is likely to be his last home game for the season.
The former Kiwi captain played 55 test matches... and became the first New Zealand player to play 300 first grade NRL games after stints with the Canberra Raiders and the New Zealand Warriors.
Gordon Gibbons, from Auckland Rugby League, says he's pretty sure that when the Warriors' season ends the Otahuhu-born prop will resist the temptation to head to the Super League competition in the UK.
"Regardless of the dollars I think Ruben being the family man he is will admit to the fact that's it and hang up the boots but hey, stranger things have happened," Mr Gibbons says.
The Warriors play the Penrith Panthers on Sunday