Ngati Maniapoto to receive govt apology

Southern Waikato iwi Ngāti Maniapoto has signed an agreement in principle with the government to settle Treaty breaches potentially worth over $160 million, the government will also apologise to the iwi for Treaty breaches which caused the iwi hardship.



The agreement with the Crown and the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board was signed in Parliament buildings in Wellington on Tuesday August 15.


It has taken the settlement negotiations team eight months to reach the agreement in which they sought financial redress above the $150 million threshold, and are similar to claims settled by Waikato-Tainui, Ngāi Tahu and Ngāi Tūhoe.


The Crown will also apologise for their breeches against the tribe from 1840 to 1975.


The lead negotiator for Ngati Maniapoto says the agreement in principal should set the King Country iwi, which is the seventh-largest in the country and stretches from Kawhia on the West Coast across to Kihikihi and south to Taumarunui, up for a sound future.


And that the signing represents a significant milestone as Maniapoto moves towards Settlement.


However before the iwi can move forward the historical breaches of the Crown need to be addressed.


Massive tracts of land loss through raupatu and legislative measures between the 1860s-1900s severely impacted on the tribe causing significant hardship and depravation.


However as stated in her speech Mahuta is optimistic that these breaches are being addressed


“Today we mark the next step on our journey towards resolving the historical injustices of the past as we must, to build a bridge towards a future our tupuna had envisaged for the next generation.”


Sentiments shared by Maniapoto Māori Trust Board chairman, Tiwha Bell who says the signing was a positive step forward and an important milestone that the iwi and team should be very proud of achieving.


"It is imperative that we continue to forge ahead to get the best outcome for our people."