Treaty Claims News

Update on Wai 85: 4th Cycle Universal Periodic Review on New Zealand Human Rights Themes: Indigenous Peoples Rights and Justice

Wairarapa Moana ki Pouākani Incorporation (WMI) represent the descendants of the original owners of Wairarapa Moana – 4,000 Māori owners, and their whānau (families). Our people have genealogical links to the wider iwi (tribes) of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Wairarapa. WMI is led by the Committee of Management, who are elected by the Māori owners. We are a Māori Land Incorporation, with a large dairy farming and forestry enterprise at Mangakino in the South Waikato of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Update on Wai 85: Media Statement

The Crown took whanau land from Wairarapa Māori twice. The Crown prevented the Waitangi Tribunal from completing a process to determine whether the land that was taken should be returned to Wairarapa Moana, which the Supreme Court had directed was open for the Tribunal to consider.

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Update on Wai 85: The Māori Affairs Select Committee Report

The Māori Affairs Select Committee have now reported back on the Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki nui-ā-Rua Claims Settlement Bill. Three out of four of the parties on the Select Committee expressed concern in the report about clause 14 in the Bill which extinguishes the Wai 85 and Wai 429 claims.

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