Iwis host Treaty Min­is­ter

Taupo Times - - MOTORING - MOANA EL­LIS

The treaty set­tle­ment as­pi­ra­tions of the cen­tral North Is­land tribes Uenuku, Ta­makana and Tama­haki were heard by Treaty of Wai­tangi Ne­go­ti­a­tions Min­is­ter Chris Fin­layson in Raetihi last week.

The Min­is­ter was ac­com­pa­nied by a team from the Of­fice of Treaty Set­tle­ments who spent two days in the re­gion.

Uenuku Char­i­ta­ble Trust chair Ai­den Gil­bert said the visit was cru­cial to en­sur­ing that the Min­is­ter, his team and the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion clearly un­der­stand the ex­pe­ri­ences, the is­sues, the im­pact, con­cerns and chal­lenges fac­ing the peo­ple of Uenuku, Tama­haki and Ta­makana.

‘‘I think the Min­is­ter and his team know us, our his­tory and our as­pi­ra­tions a lit­tle bet­ter and that is a good start­ing point as our ne­go­ti­a­tions team be­gins drilling down into some of the ways our grievances should be ad­dressed through this par­tic­u­lar process.’’

Ne­go­tia­tors for Te Korowai o Wainuia¯ rua and his­to­rian Richard Boast pre­sented an over­view of Te Korowai o Wainuia¯ rua and its con­stituent tribes and hapu¯ , the na­ture of their claims and the his­tor­i­cal is­sues.

The party toured a small num­ber of sites of sig­nif­i­cance and were given an over­view of the groups re­dress as­pi­ra­tions to ad­dress the im­pact of treaty breaches suf­fered by the three tribes and their many hapu¯ .

JOHN CHAP­MAN

Chris Fin­layson.

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