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