Hauraki Settlement 
Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 2:09PM
Bill Barclay

 A most important Press Release from TCDC today:

On Tuesday, Elected Members and senior staff attended a hui at the Matai Whetu Marae to receive briefings on the Treaty of Waitangi and the imminent Hauraki Settlement. Elected members were also given a Powhiri and presentations on local Maori history and culture as part of the induction programme for the new Council.
Mayor Glenn Leach said of the day "with a settlement only months away between the Crown and the Hauraki Collective, it is vital that this Council embraces the future while understanding the history of our Tāngata Whenua. This Council sees the Treaty Settlement as a major opportunity for the District and a necessary step to establish new relationships to see our region and all of its people prosper and move forward together."
The Mayor also said that the Treaty Settlement for the Hauraki Collective is a significant event in the history of the Coromandel and brings with it substantial benefits and potential new co-governance models for some parts of the District and he urges residents to educate themselves about the process and the likely outcome.

"The Settlement will establish the Hauraki Collective as one of our District's largest landowners and stakeholders and we look forward to working with them".
The Thames-Coromandel District Council has set up a new section on its corporate website outlining the Treaty process and what a likely settlement will include.

It is clear, if one is to believe the content of the Press Release, that the new Council is being better  prepared, and appears more accepting of change than was the case with the previous Council. Mayor Leach appears to have a far greater understanding and tolerance than his predeccessor in this regard. And that is good, though he does have a considerable conservative element amongst his East Coast support base with whom he will have to deal in due course as the Settlement becomes better understood.

For more information, see : http://www.tcdc.govt.nz/Media/News/Treaty-settlement-update/


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