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Land taken from Māori by the Crown in Te Reureu, Manawatū, is estimated to be worth between $250million and $770m today.
Tiwana Tibble of Ngati Pikiahu made the valuation at a Waitangi Tribunal hearing at Te Tikanga Marae at Tokorangi, north of Halcombe, on Wednesday, as part of the Ngāti Raukawa iwi confederations treaty claim.
This week of hearings is focused on the Te Reureu area, which borders the Rangitīkei River, but is part of a case relating to the historical purchase of the Rangitīkei-Manawatū block in the 19th century. The block is about 130,000 hectares of land between Manawatū and Kāpiti.
Raukawa claims the area was not bought legitimately, but confiscated by the pen.