Fishing has always been an important part of the Ngati Porou economy and way of life, but was this was threatened by colonization. This is the story of our struggle to maintain our right to fish so that we can grow as an iwi.
In this issue
The Ngāti Porou Deed of Settlement is the final settlement of all historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Ngāti Porou resulting from acts or omissions by the Crown prior to 21 September 1992, and is made up of a package that includes:
• an agreed historical account and Crown acknowledgements, which form the basis for a Crown Apology to Ngāti Porou;
• cultural redress; and
• financial and commercial redress.
No private land will be transferred as redress, only Crown assets.
The benefits of the settlement will be available to all members of Ngāti Porou, wherever they live.
The realisation of a long held aspiration has finally come about with the establishment of the Ngati Porou Holding Company.
The Waiapu River provides the lifeblood of Ngati Porou. It is of great cultural and spiritual significance to us. We reference it whenever reciting tribal pepeha, we compose and sing waiata in its honour, we tell stories about its history. But the river is suffering; choking under the weight of devastating erosion in its surrounding catchment.