Crown Forests return to Rangitane Iwi
Wednesday 14 Aug 2019Rangitane Tu Mai Ra Trust - the Post Settlement Governance entity for the Rangitane Treaty Claims, have regained possession of three former Crown Forestry Blocks - Castlehill, Tinui and the Waihora portion of Whareama. The return of the Ngaumu forests represents the most significant property transaction in the Tu Mai Ra settlement at nearly 6,000 hectares.
"Our people lost up to 97% of their former lands. To say the return of these lands as part of the Settlement with the Crown is significant to our people is an understatement" says Chair of Tu Mai Ra - Jason Kerehi.
"It is hugely important for our whanau and hap? to be reconnected with these lands and to take up the duty and obligations as owners once again of what is now our own private land."
"We are working closely with our lessee Juken Nissho Ltd to ensure a smooth transition and will also connect with our farming neighbours. Many of our whanau work at JNL or in the forestry industry so it’s important that we foster these relationships" said Mr Kerehi.
Rangitane Tu Mai Ra are pleased to provide the opportunity for Rangitane beneficiaries to hunt on their own land. Experienced local hunter Troy Mason will be the inaugural kaitiaki for the Rangitane properties. He comes from a long line of Maori hunters, learning from his dad Paddy and now hunts with his children and mokopuna.
"People’s safety is our primary concern so my role is to make sure people know where they can safely go and get kai for their whanau and marae" says Troy.
At present Tu Mai Ra are seeking interest from their iwi membership to access these blocks for hunting. Any whanau hunters who are registered with the iwi can apply. You can register by contacting [email protected] or 0800 Tu Mai Ra (88-624-72).
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