As the Crown made its way to Owhata Marae in Rotorua to make an official apology to Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa a dedicated group stood vigil to remind John Key and the Pumautanga representatives that the fight was not over.
Prime Minister John Key, Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson and Associate Maori Affairs Minister Georgina Te Heu Heu all attended the ceremony.
These were the failure to adequately protect tribal structures following the impact of the native land laws, the failure to actively protect the interests of Affiliate Te Arawa when purchasing land, and the failure to ensure that some iwi and hapū were left with sufficient land for their present and future needs, said Mr Key.
The Crown’s apology acknowledges its failure to deal with grievances of iwi over historical Crown acquisition of their lands. The Te Arawa settlement sees 19 areas of land returned to the iwi, the transfer of $36 million worth of Crown Forestry and the option to purchase more forestry assets at market rates.