Friday, July 31, 2009

Good settlement not so sure about the sentiment from the crown

Congratulations to Iwi group Taranaki Whanui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika made up of Te Atiawa, Ngati Tama, Ngati Ruanui and Ngati Mutunga iwi who have recieved an apology and some compensation. The apology said the Crown was "deeply sorry that it has not always lived up to its Treaty of Waitangi obligations" and hoped the settlement would "restore its honour which has been tarnished by its actions".

Hmmm not sure if it's about restoring your honour Government - it's about restoring the Iwi group's honour? But you are correct in saying that the government actions have tarnished their reputation, over the years.

And of course the big headline with this story is that the iwi group have forgiven the crown. But my reading of that is actually that they have accepted the apology of the crown not given their own apology.

So what was the compensation?

"The agreement includes a cash settlement of more than $25 million.

As part of the deal, the iwi have bought the former air force base at Shelly Bay, a prime Wellington waterfront spot.

The iwi can also buy certain properties and lease them back to the Crown, including Archives New Zealand, the National Library and the High Court.

The deal includes an annual hui between the iwi and a minister of the Crown to help facilitate access to government services."

All sounds pretty low to me considering the injustice and the subsequent use of the land. But good luck to the iwi group in helping their people.

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