Ngati Toa set­tle­ment

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Lo­cal iwi Ngati Toa have rights to large amounts of Crown prop­erty, in­clud­ing the po­lice col­lege and Kapiti Is­land, in a $75 mil­lion set­tle­ment con­firmed last week. As well as $50m in cash pay­ments, the iwi will have the op­por­tu­nity to buy sev­eral prop­er­ties, many of which will be leased back to the Crown. These in­clude more than 60 schools, Aro­hata and Rimu­taka pris­ons, dis­trict courts in Lower Hutt, Up­per Hutt and Porirua, Welling­ton Cen­tral po­lice sta­tion, the po­lice col­lege and statu­tory ac­knowl­edge­ment over Cook Strait and Welling­ton Har­bour. Ngati Toa will have rights over Kapiti Is­land but this will be mostly leased back to the Con­ser­va­tion Depart­ment, ex­cept for a one­hectare block. Taupo Urupa in Plim­mer­ton will be given back but pub­lic ac­cess will not be af­fected. Ngati Toa can also buy parcels of land in the old Porirua Hospi­tal ground, which it can sell or de­velop pri­vately. There is no pri­vate land in­volved in the set­tle­ment, which is com­pen­sa­tion for the treat­ment of Ngati Toa chief Te Rau­paraha and ex­ten­sive land seizures in the 19th cen­tury. Ngati Toa’s chief ne­go­tia­tor Matiu Rei said no de­ci­sions had been made about what the $50m in cash pay­ments would be spent on.

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