$9m pack­age for Par­i­haka

Taranaki Daily News - - News -

A $9 mil­lion rec­on­cil­i­a­tion pack­age for the peo­ple of Par­i­haka has been fi­nalised at a cer­e­mony in Welling­ton.

Yes­ter­day, Ma¯ori Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Nanaia Mahuta met with about 100 mem­bers of the coastal Taranaki com­mu­nity and signed an agree­ment be­tween the Crown and the Par­i­haka Pa­paka¯ inga Trust.

Mahuta said the trust, in con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity and Te Puni Ko¯ kiri and Trea­sury, had pro­duced a devel­op­ment plan for the $9m, which be­gins with a fo­cus on heal­ing and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and the devel­op­ment of ur­gent in­fra­struc­ture.

The Par­i­haka Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Bill was passed in 2017 and the Welling­ton event came 18 months af­ter the Par­i­haka-Crown rec­on­cil­i­a­tion cer­e­mony, He Puanga Haeata, held at the Par­i­haka in June last year.

That event in­cluded a Crown apol­ogy by the-then Treaty Ne­go­ti­a­tions Min­is­ter Chris Fin­layson for the in­va­sion of Par­i­haka by gov­ern­ment troops on Novem­ber 5, 1881.

In Welling­ton, Mahuta again ac­knowl­edged the atroc­i­ties suf­fered by the peo­ple of Par­i­haka and their lead­ers Te Whiti-o-Ron­go­mai and Tohu Ka¯ kahi.

Mahuta said the pur­pose of the pack­age was to heal the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Par­i­haka and the Crown, recog­nise the his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance of Par­i­haka and pro­vide sup­port for the devel­op­ment of the com­mu­nity.

Some of the money will be ear­marked for land and up­grad­ing the wa­ter sup­ply, hous­ing and other in­fra­struc­ture at the site. Other pos­si­bil­i­ties in­clude a multi-pur­pose cen­tre and the cre­ation of in­creased op­por­tu­ni­ties for cul­tural devel­op­ment, for­mer trust chair Puna Wano-Bryant said last year.

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