EX­TRACT OF THE WAI­TANGI TRI­BUNAL RE­PORT OF 2014

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“We ac­cept that the con­fed­er­a­tion had in­ter­ests in the Katikati block and the north­ern part of the Te Puna block, but we do not be­lieve that its in­ter­ests ex­cluded other hapu¯ from also having cus­tom­ary rights within any part of those blocks. We con­sider that the area was a con­tested zone, an area where the rights of the con­fed­er­a­tion over­lapped with those of Nga¯i Te Rangi. The ex­tent of each side’s rights was in dis­pute at 1840, and was still dis­puted in 1864 when the pur­chase of the Te Puna — Katikati blocks com­menced. More­over, as we have in­di­cated above, we be­lieve that as­ser­tions of ex­clu­sive in­ter­ests and clear bound­ary lines be­tween groups are not con­sis­tent with Maori cus­tom.”

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