The following article was originally published in April 2011 Nga Kohinga.
Over 200 Ngati Porou gathered at Parliament Buildings in Wellington on December 22 2010 to sign and witness the historic Deed of Settlement signing settling all of Ngati Porous historical Treaty of Waitangi claims with the Crown.
The settlement includes financial redress of $110 million and the return of sites of high cultural significance in Ngāti Porou totalling approximately 5,898 hectares. It also provides Ngāti Porou with input into the strategic governance of specific conservation sites and relationship agreements designed to facilitate good working relationships between specific Crown agencies and Ngāti Porou.
Two buses from home met with our taura here whanaunga to celebrate the achievement. Ngati Porou’s speakers included Papa Noel Raihania and Selwyn Parata and as with any gathering of more than 5 Nati’s there were spontaneous eruptions into haka and waiata.
Uncle Api delivered an awe-inspiring address and the Minister for Treaty Settlement Negotiations Chris Finlayson presented Ngati Porou with a glass waka to commemorate the occasion.
As some pakeke described it, “this is the best Christmas present!”