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Hon Christopher Finlayson Media Statement

Hon Christopher Finlayson

Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations

28 June 2011

Media Statement

Media advisory

Signing of Relationship Agreement with Ngai Tuhoe

10.30 am Saturday 2 July
Mataatua Marae Ruatahuna
The Government will sign a relationship agreement with Ngai Tuhoe on Saturday July 2 in Ruatahuna.
Tuhoe and the Crown’s continuing negotiations have focused on the relationship between the parties. The relationship agreement is the result of these discussions.
The agreement is the latest of a number of stages towards a comprehensive settlement of Tuhoe’s historical grievances against the Crown. Tuhoe signed terms of negotiation with the Crown in 2008.
This short agreement reflects:
Broad acknowledgement of the Tuhoe grievances with the Crown;
Acknowledgement of the mana of both parties;
A commitment to develop redress for a comprehensive settlement of historical grievances.
The Government and Tuhoe believe the agreement will allow a fresh start and for the parties to begin to move on from 140 years of difficult Crown-Tuhoe relationships.
The agreement will guide the relationship throughout the remainder of the negotiations towards a comprehensive settlement and beyond.
A draft relationship agreement has been considered by Tuhoe and its tribal communities over the last month.
Once the agreement is signed, work will concentrate on improving the provision of social services to Tuhoe’s community. A social services taskforce made up of senior representatives of state sector agencies has been formed and has begun work with Tuhoe to develop a plan for better delivery of services to meet community needs in the area. 

Media wishing to attend should contact the office of the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations.

Media contact:
Ben Thomas
0274 943-579 or 04 817-9763


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