Mahuta doesn’t sup­port Māori group’s Syd­ney land claim

Fiji Sun - - Aust/nz News - Syd­ney: BBC

The Maori De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter’s crit­i­cism of a group of Maori in Aus­tralia lay­ing claim to a sec­tion of land hasn’t gone down well with one mem­ber of the group.

In May, Lady Crown, on be­half of “Ngati Rangi­hou Cor­rangie Hapu”, filed pa­pers in Aus­tralia’s Fed­eral Court against the Par­ra­matta City Coun­cil.

They claim that 112 acres Par­ra­matta, Syd­ney land was gifted to Te Ruki Kaw­iti by Abo­rig­i­nal people in 1811, wit­nessed by mis­sion­ary Sa­muel Mar­den.

The group was back in court this week, with Lady Crown telling local media that they wanted ac­knowl­edge­ment and recognitio­n. “We want the his­tory books cor­rected and com­pen­sa­tion for dam­ages of the land,” she said. Maori De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Nanaia Mahuta, who was in Aus­tralia this week, has come out against the group’s court ac­tion, telling Na­tional Indigenous Tele­vi­sion (NITV) she doesn’t sup­port it. “My ad­vice is that when you’re away from your own Indigenous lands, you must re­spect the people of the land who come from that land,” she said.

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