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Settlement Day for Ngati Hineuru

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Parliament this morning passed the Hineuru Claims Settlement Bill, giving effect to a $27 million settlement for the iwi whose rohe lay in the area between Napier and Taupo.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson says $2 million of that is for cultural development and the return of sites of cultural significance.

The settlement acknowledges the injustice of attacks on the iwi at Omarunui and Petane in 1866 after they had been invited to meet with the crown, the subsequent plundering of the Hineuru rohe by Crown forces, the imprisonment without trial of Hineuru people on the Chatham Islands for nearly two years, and the summary executions at Ngatapa in 1868.

Mr Finlayson says the settlement will enable Hineuru to build a stronger future for their people and begin a new relationship with the Crown.

Another bill settling the historic claims of southern Taranaki iwi Ngaruahine passed its second reading.


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