I want to thank the Minister of Māori Development, Willie Jackson, for clearing up this point.
During the Moriori Settlement Bill’s final reading, Mr Jackson spoke to the Bill. He said in part: “Some people might think it’s not right for someone like me to speak given the mahi (work) I do and what happened with my ancestors. But I have always said that I couldn’t be held responsible for the acts of some of my ancestors.”
So people today can stop feeling bad about the acts of their ancestors and move on.
Helen Weston, Katikati.