Ngati Toa settlement
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.