A Bay of Plenty iwi will receive $6.7million in redress after its settlement claim was passed through an extended sitting of parliament with no opposition.
Ngati Makino is a tribe part of the Te Arawa Federation and has close connection to Mataatua tribes.
Minister of Treaty Negotiations Christopher Finlayson says the iwi was “basically doing nothing” when it got caught up in the violence and warfare that spilled over from the Waikato into the Bay of Plenty in the 1860s.
Christopher says by 1900, the iwi had only around six per cent of its land left, so it’s at the forefront of the bill just passed, with the vesting of eight special significance sites.
The Nagti Makino Claims Settlement Bill will settle the historical Treatty of Waitangi claims of Ngati Makino – the iwi’s area of interest lies between Maketu and Otamarakau in the Bay of Plenty, extending inland to Lakes Rotoiti and Rotoma.
The settlement includes an historical account which describes the Crown’s acquisition of land and its unjust treatment of Ngati Makino during and after the Bay of Plenty wars, which began in 1864, says a release put out by Christopher.
The claims bill includes an acknowledgement of Treaty breaches, provides financial redress of $6.75million, transfer of over 3400 hectares of Rotoehu Crown Forest Licensed Land and the return of key cultural sites.