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Claim to rewrite Auckland history

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The chief negotiator for Waikato-Tainui, Tukoroirangi Morgan, says the tribe’s claim for Auckland will rewrite the city’s historical narrative.

The tribe’s pursuit of the claim was revealed last Friday by King Tuheitia, who said it was in the name of his ancestor Potatau Te Wherowhero and would address the question of the sovereignty of the kingitanga.

Mr Morgan says what was originally known as the Huakina claim was initially lodged in 1987, shortly after the Waitangi Tribunal’s scope was extended to include historical claims.

It was revised in 1993 to cover issues which would not be captured by the tribe’s Raupatu Claim settlement, which covered the areas confiscated by the Crown after its invasion in 1863.

He says it’s separate to the claims of the Tainui hapu that are being dealt with as part of the Tamaki Makaurau Collective.

Material gathered to back the claim includes Governor Sir George Grey’s reports to the Colonial Office about asking Te Wherowhero to protect Auckland from threatened Ngapuhi raids.

Mr Morgan says Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson has agreed the claim could go to direct negotiation, and terms of negotiation are being prepared.
 

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