Te Urewera (pre-publication edition), Part III: From self-governing native reserve to national park
Waitangi Tribunal (Wai 894, 2012)
Part III of the Tribunal's report on its district inquiry into Te Urewera has been released in a pre-publication edition.
This part of the Tribunal's report tells the story of the transformation of land that came to form Te Urewera national part from self-governing native reserve to national park. The Tribunal found it was a story containing many broken promises. These ranged from failures to respect autonomy and tribal-level dealings in land through to failures to construct roading infrastructure. The governance and management of the national park was exclusionary of tribal interests. The issues relating to the national park sit at the heart of the claims of the peoples of Te Urewera and the Crown admitted in this inquiry that it obtained most of the park lands in breach of the Treaty. The Tribunal is of the view that this needs to be more widely known if grievances are to be properly acknowledged and resolved and therefore hopes that this report “lays to rest the myth that the Crown acquired the park lands in fair and clean transactions.”
Carwyn Jones and Te Rangimārie Williams have prepared the following summary of this part of the Tribunal's report.