The Waitangi Tribunal released the third section of the Tūhoe Claims yesterday, highlighting an uncomfortable history during the origins of Te Urewera National Park in 1954.
The report speaks of the Crown’s broken promises to the people of Te Urewera. Tūhoe were not opposed to a park, and protection of the forests, but they wanted to remain on their last lands in the heart of Te Urewera.
This long awaited report addresses some 40 claims lodged between 1987 and 2003.
I whakaputahia e te Taraipuinara o Waitangi i te tuatoru o ngā pūrongo mo te iwi o Ngāi Tūhoe, ko ta rātou e titiro ana ko ngā mahi whakatū i te papa whenua o Te Urewera i te tau kotahi mano, iwa rau, rima tekau ma wha, mai reira i puta ngā kōrero whati a te karauna ki ngā iwi o Te Urewera. Ehara i te mea i te whakahē a Tūhoe kia tū te papa whenua, engari ko ta rātou kia nōhia ngā whenua o a rātou tipuna. Ki ta ngā tirohanga mai a Tama Nikora tētahi o ngā kaikereme mo Tūhoe, he pūrongo tēnei kua roa e tatari ana.