Topic: Treaty Settlements

Te Kawerau a Maki sign deed of settlement with Crown

By Harata Brown
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

Te Kawerau a Maki's interest, stretches north to Mahurangi, north of Southern Kaipara, through Auckland to the south of Manukau Harbour.

Today the descendants of Tainui in Auckland signed their deed of settlement with the Crown

According to Te Warena Taua,  Chairman of Te Kawerau a Maki Iwi Authority, “There were many elders who fought hard to retain our ancestral taonga.

"They fought hard to see our grievances brought before the Crown and now today it is all about them and our grandchildren to come, I'm happy.”

It is said, that Te Kawerau a Maki is a tribe with no Marae, building of its own, their settlement will see:

  • 9 property sites vested totalling approximately 31 hectares.
  • One site being Te Onekiritea Point Hobsonville 0.28ha for the establishment of a Marae.
  • $300,000 towards establishment costs of the Marae.

Chris Finlayson states, “They have their urupa, they have a site to build their Marae, and they've got a good commercial base, which working with the other members of the Tāmaki Collective, are going to yield some great results in the years to come”

Financial Redress will see the tribe receive $6.5 mil plus interest which will help buy back 85% of Riverhead Forest.

One settlement and burial site of Te Kawerau a Maki, at Kopironui is located within Woodhill Forest.

Those lands once confiscated by the Crown, will be transferred to the Māori Land Court to determine under special jurisdiction who the 39.7 hectares should be returned to.