Kia ora whanau
Today the NKKW Settlement Bill was PASSED in Parliament.
Sadly not something to celebrate (you would think it would be after 143 years of trying to address grievances with the Crown!)
12 or so speeches were made by MPs.
Marama Davidson raised issues around the Crown’s role in the settlement process & specifically the Large Natural Groupings Policy (!!!!) and the Green party position that 1) settlements should not be full and final 2) settlements should be able to be revisted where claims have changed (!!!) and claimants are shut out of negotiations (!!!) Further on the Large Natural Groupings Policy Marama rightly pointed out that the policy is at the heart of the raruraru with this settlement and many others nationally. Contemporary claim on this policy anyone?
Here is a link to Hansard a transcript of the reading. Please read and stay informed!
More information to come.