Waitangi Tribunal says Crown has caused Māori in Whanganui District significant harm


In a report released today, the Waitangi Tribunal says
the Crown has caused Maori in the Whanganui District
substantial harm through a multitude of policies, laws,
decisions, acts and omissions. The Whanganui land report encapsulates 83 claims of hapu
and iwi of the Whanganui District. Presiding officer
Judge Carrie Wainwright says colonisation in Whanganui did not evolve in a way
that was consistent with the Treaty. The tribunal was critical
of land transactions which alienated vast tracts of land
from hapu and iwi. Today, just 237,000 acres,
or 11% of the district remains in Maori ownership. The tribunal urged the Government
to enter into a settlement that supports the aspirations
of the hapu and iwi of Whanganui for economic
and cultural revitalisation. It also recommends the Government
overturn a recent decision that authorised ‘Wanganui’ and
‘Whanganui’ as legitimate spellings.

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