Wednesday, February 11, 2009

TV3 (NZ) Breaking News: 'Haka" in Kiwiland: becomes part of the Waitangi deal!

Waitangi settlement includes All Black haka

Wed, 11 Feb 2009 9:31a.m.

The Ka Mate haka, used by the All Blacks, was included in $300 milion Treaty of Waitangi settlements signed today.

Kurahaupo Ki Te Waipounamu Trust, Tainui Taranaki ki te Tonga and Ngati Toa Rangatira, who together represent eight iwi, signed letters of agreement with the Crown this morning.

The three groups received over $170 million in redress and $128m in Crown forest rental, emission credits and other payments.

A special provision was made in the settlement with Ngati Toa for the Ka Mate haka - which was written by their famous chief Te Rauparaha.

The settlement letter said it would "record the authorship and significance of the haka" to Ngati Toa.

This will allows Ngati Toa to "address their concerns with the haka".

The Crown did not expect Ngati Toa to receive royalties or a veto on the performance of the haka.

"Ngati Toa's primary objective is to prevent the misappropriation and culturally inappropriate use of the Ka Mate haka."

The Crown also acknowledged the detention of Te Rauparaha without trial for 18 months.

Ngati Toa will receive $75.35m in redress and $45.6m in Crown forest rental and emission credits.

The Kurahaupo Ki Te Waipounamu Trust will receive $42.41m in redress and $37.2m in lieu of redress over licensed Crown forest land.

Tainui Taranaki ki te Tonga will receive $53.69m in redress and $45.6m in Crown forest rental and emission credits.

Prime Minister John Key, Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples and Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson represented the Crown at the settlement signings.

The three groups, representing 12,000 members based around the Wellington region and top of the South Island, have said the agreements settle all their historical Treaty of Waitangi claims.

NZPA

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