Piako Post : May 22nd 2013
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AUTOMOTIVE AND PERFORMANCE Waitangi deals imminent By STEVE EDWARDS ' The iwi would like to be more involved in decision-making (on the domain). They don't want the water or to stop public access. ' -- Crown Treaty negotiator Mike Dreaver Multi-million dollar Treaty of Wai- tangi claims covering Piako are heading towards settlement. Crown Treaty negotiator Mike Dreaver told Matamata-Piako Dis- trict Council that agreement on main elements of the $150 mil- lion Hauraki Collective claim, including Te Aroha and stretching to the tip of the Coromandel Penin- sular, is due to be completed by the middle of the year and signed off in detail in November. Settlement of the Ngati Haua claim, covering Morrinsville, is also imminent, said Mr Dreaver. Involving 12 iwi, the Hauraki process had been challenging and complex, he said. Under the agreement, the collec- tive has the right of first refusal over all Crown-owned properties. This includes Mt Te Aroha, the domain, Te Aroha & District Com- munity Hospital and two schools. Mr Dreaver said school proper- ties will be leased back by iwi, while the hospital site (being valued) will be made available for iwi to buy. Te Aroha-based Ngati Rahiri Tumutumu place a huge amount of value in those (hospital) services , he said. Stretches of the Waihou and Piako rivers in the area under claim will come under the co- governance of two boards compris- ing representatives of the associ- ated district council and iwi. Mr Dreaver said the top part of Mt Te Aroha (about 1000 hectares) comes under the collective claim and will remain a public reserve. It will make no difference to Joe Public. The entire range will be covered by an integrated management plan managed by the Department of Conservation. Ngati Haua want symbolic rec- ognition at Waiorongomai, but Mr Dreaver said there will be no change to public access. He said the bottom of the moun- tain, including the domain, is still subject to discussions with Tumutumu. The ultimate decision is made by Parliament. There needs to be some sort of redress/recognition, said Mr Dreaver. The iwi would like to be more involved in decision-making (on the domain). They don t want the water or to stop public access. They are hugely conscious of the significance of the domain. They are aware of the sensitivity of this issue. Mr Dreaver said the Govern- ment could compel the council to give up the domain. We don t want to be in that situation. We don t want a mini civil war. The Office of Treaty Settlements is looking at as many different creative options as possible, he said. Mayor Hugh Vercoe said the council previously resolved to oppose any transfer of the domain to iwi. Last Saturday the Waikato Times reported that Ngati Haua will receive a $14m package, including cash and assets, and a further $6m in cultural redress . Property under claim includes Morrinsville police station and the district court in Moorhouse St, along with the former Manga- teparu School site now used by Piako Whanau. It is understood a similar co- governance system is being propo- sed for the stretch of Waihou and Piako rivers in the Ngati Haua claim area. A grand day's sport DOWN THE WING: Tahuna School's Nathan McQuoid finds room to run against David St School. Photo: DANIEL WHITFIELD More than 1000 primary-age students from around Piako and the greater Waikato played in an annual rugby and netball fun day organised by Morrinsville Primary School last week. The event, which has been running for 18 years, is the school s major annual fundraiser, with money going towards the general school programme, paying for swimming coaches and buying new books for the library. It also funds initiatives run by the school throughout the year. Morrinsville Primary deputy principal Colin Pilkinton-Brodie said more than 30 schools were represented last Wednesday, and there was lots of positive feedback. Everyone was a winner. It was nice to have support from the community, Mr Pilkinton-Brodie said. It was a really positive day. We were pleased to see so many children playing the two sports. The Ranfurly Shield, on display at the ground, also had plenty of admirers. Campbell Park is hosting the shield challenge between Waikato and Horowhenua-Kapiti on July 17.
May 15th 2013