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NZ's Ngāti Rangi in Parliament to witness their Treaty settlement Bill pass its first reading

They encouraged European settlement in Whanganui, provided land and other precious resources in their rohe, and made sacrifices for the benefit of the Crown and their fellow New Zealanders.


Government Press Release Last Updated at 10-08-2018 07:34:09 IST New Zealand
NZ's Ngāti Rangi in Parliament to witness their Treaty settlement Bill pass its first reading
  • They encouraged European settlement in Whanganui, provided land and other precious resources in their rohe, and made sacrifices for the benefit of the Crown and their fellow New Zealanders. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Hon Andrew Little, welcomed Ngāti Rangi to Parliament today to witness their Treaty settlement Bill pass its first reading.

"Although no settlement could ever compensate Ngāti Rangi for the prejudice they have suffered by the Crown's acts and omissions today's Bill heralds the beginning of a renewed relationship and a significant contribution to the fulfillment of the aspirations Ngāti Rangi hold for their future.

"I acknowledge the kuia and kaumatua who have not lived to see the settlement. I would also like to acknowledge the significant work by the Ngāti Rangi Trust and their negotiation team to reach this settlement for their people."The principle of cooperation has consistently characterized Ngāti Rangi's approach to their relationship with the Crown.

They encouraged European settlement in Whanganui, provided land and other precious resources in their rohe, and made sacrifices for the benefit of the Crown and their fellow New Zealanders.

The Bill acknowledges many members of Ngāti Rangi fought for the Crown in wars here and overseas."Ngāti Rangi settlement includes the Crown's acknowledgments and its apology, financial and commercial redress totaling $17 million, and cultural redress including a statutory recognition of the Whangaehu River and shared governance arrangements for this treasured awa."A unique feature of this Bill is the volume and depth of its relationship with fourteen Crown agencies and six local authorities.

"Throughout the negotiations, Ngāti Rangi impressed on the Crown the cultural and spiritual significance of Whangaehu awa not only for their iwi but for their whanaunga along the river. Te Waiū-o-Te-Ika framework will provide new governance arrangements for the Whangaehu River which recognizes the kaitiakitanga of all iwi connected to the river," says Andrew Little.

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