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It is great to see the big, sep­a­rate set­tle­ment claims of Ngati Rangi and Ma­niapoto draw­ing closer to a con­clu­sion.

These are big steps in the fi­nal­i­sa­tion of these Treaty of Wai­tangi claims, and, no doubt, ev­ery­one in­volved will be ex­cited to get this far.

The im­pacts for the iwi in­volved and for the wider re­gion can not be un­der­es­ti­mated.

Fi­nan­cial re­dress alone is a sig­nif­i­cant boost to the econ­omy but the other as­pects of the claim will also pro­vide cer­tainty for key sites, re­store own­er­ship and has­ten projects in a whole num­ber of ar­eas.

So­cially, cul­tur­ally and fi­nan­cially, these set­tle­ments should pro­vide a mas­sive pos­i­tive boost to our re­gion and con­grat­u­la­tions to all those who have worked to get this far.

Other iwi are also pro­gress­ing in this area, in­clud­ing Ngaati Haaua, which dis­cussed the terms of ne­go­ti­a­tions for its claims at Nga¯ puwai­waha Marae in Tau­marunui re­cently. They are hop­ing their mem­bers will unite and move for­ward to­gether.

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