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Rangitaane o Manawatu settlement bill passed

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Legislation enacting the controversial Rangitane o Manawatu settlement passed its third reading at an extended sitting of parliament this morning.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson says it marks a turning point in the iwi’s history and the beginning of a new relationship with the Crown.

Rangitane o Manawatu will receive financial and commercial redress totalling $13.5 million, as well as places on a new board that will advise Horizons Regional Council on management of the Manawatu River.

Negotiations on the claims were dogged by disputes over mandate, with the crown recognising a body that had originally formed to provide social services in Palmerston North.

Parliament also read Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill a second time.

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