The announcement was made this morning, with Kiingi Tūheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero VII saying he had successfully guided mana whenua of Ihumātao to a unified position.
“Mana whenua agree they want their land returned, so they can make decisions about its future,” he said.
“Kiingitanga has conveyed the views of mana whenua to the government and urged it to negotiate with Fletchers for the return of Ihumātao to its rightful owners.”
The fear now is that any renegotiation will open up previously negotiated claims as well.
Let me be clear.
If renegotiating Ihumatao means unjust settlements are re-investigated – GREAT – the pittance the state has paid Māori for confiscation and theft of their land has added to the injustice, not healed it!
Māori lost 95% of their land within a century and the settlement process is a spiteful, cruel joke masquerading as a solution. If the next Generation are cognitive of this, thats progress.
The Treaty needs to be honoured, not settled.