$11-million settlement with Bay of Plenty iwi Ngāti Rangitihi
The Crown has made a“long overdue" apology to a Bay of Plenty iwi as part of an $11-million treaty settlement.
Ngāti Rangitihi is a Te Arawa iwi based in and around Rotorua, Kaingaroa and Matatā.
Among the reasons for the Crown's apology were aggressive land purchases, failure to protect the “defiled, degraded and polluted” Tarawera River, and failing to stop Ngāti Rangitihi from becoming virtually landless by 1900.
The deed of settlement of the iwi's historical Treaty of Waitangi claims was signed at Rangitihi Marae in Matatā on Saturday.