2nd Waitangi Tribunal report released

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The Waitangi Tribunal released its long-awaited report on the Stage Two Post-1886 Tauranga Moana claims on September 4 at Hairini Marae, Tauranga.

This report has taken four years to complete and iwi and hapu are to review the tribunals findings.

All three Tauranga Moana iwi, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Ranginui and Ngati Pukenga are unanimous in their views that not only did the raupatu actions of the Crown impact upon our people, but a significant number of post-raupatu activities including public works land appropriations and environmental impacts also severely disadvantaged our hapu communities. Hapu claimants will be expecting these issues to be reflected in the report I am sure.

The Stage 2 Report is released at a time when all three tribes are entering into negotiations with the Crown. It is anticipated the reports findings will influence future negotiations.

However, the timing is bittersweet because just two days before the official release, the most passionate Tauranga claimant to the Waitangi Tribunal, Toahaere Faulkner, was farewelled by his whanau at Whareroa Marae. Toahaere was well known throughout the country for his stance on rates with Maori land, and his unrelenting commitment to questioning Crown authority over Maori land. Moe mai e koro.

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