Dodgy Claims/Settlements - List

1) PARIHAKA, THE GREEN PARTY, AND RAPE 
In other words, if such evidence was taken to a rape trial, there would be INSUFFICIENT evidence to support conviction. But in his abject apology about Crown actions at Parihaka in 1881, the Minister, Christopher Finlayson, conceded rape anyway. Any descendants of troops who served there had their memories blackened.

News reports of Finlayson’s apology in June 2017 focussed on the rape allegations, giving the impression that rape was the main activity at the Parihaka crackdown.....
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2017/11/mike-butler-parihaka-green-party-and.html#more

2) LABOUR’S LAND-GRAB CLAIM SHOWS CRACKS IN CLAIMED TREATY SETTLEMENTS CONSENSUS 
Anyone who dares to criticise treaty settlements, whether the dollar amount of financial redress or the SHAKY BASIS of many of the claims, is told that “everyone agrees” that these settlements are “the right thing to do”.....
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2017/03/mike-butler-labours-land-grab-claim.html#more

3) DAY TO HONOUR TRIBAL REBELS 
You and I know that New Zealand’s history has been REWRITTEN through the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process and much of that rewritten history includes HALF-TRUTHS AND MISINFORMATION.

For instance, Waikato claimants say that colonial troops murdered 144 women and children cowering in a church at Rangiaowhia on February 21, 1864, and set the church on fire.

Unfortunately for that untrue alleged atrocity tale, the church that was supposed to have been burned is STILL STANDING and eyewitness accounts record the deaths of five troops and 10 anti-government Maori as the result of a gun battle around a raupo hut. See Bruce Moon: Rangiaowhia Incident ...
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2016/08/mike-butler-holiday-to-honour-tribal.html#more

4) HINEURU’S SANITISED HISTORY  
We have a SANITISED NEW HISTORY of New Zealand and we HAVE THE HISTORY FULL OF FACTS and interviews with eyewitnesses. A $50-million treaty settlement with a small group of claimants from Hawke’s Bay called Ngati Hineuru that was passed into law on June 29, 2016, is an opportunity to compare the two histories.....
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2016/07/mike-butler-hineurus-sanitised-history.html

5) A NEGOTIATOR AND A $308M BONANZA
My question is that if we benefit from stolen land, and if this makes it our responsibility to put it right, WHAT IF THE LAND WAS NOT STOLEN? WHAT IF THE TREATY SETTLEMENT PROCESS IS A HUGE TRY-ON BASED ON FABRICATED TALES of woe that no one in authority has the courage to wind it back or even challenge it?

History shows that land in Hawke’s Bay was sold, and not stolen using “muskets, cannons, trickery and downright deceit”, as Barker wrote. In fact, successive governments bought almost all of New Zealand’s 26 million hectares of land, as stacks of sales and purchase deeds in national archives show.....
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2016/03/mike-butler-negotiator-and-308m-bonanza.html#more

6) TRIBES COMPETE IN AUCKLAND CLAIM
Looking at history, the Auckland isthmus was largely uninhabited in 1840, at the official start of British settlement.

Ngati Whatua had occupied the Auckland area from the mid-18th century until 1822 when driven out by a Ngapuhi war expedition. From 1840, Ngati Whatua people were happy to sell large parcels of land to incoming settlers because they were too frightened to live there alone.

As settlers bought pieces of the isthmus, Patuone of Ngapuhi supported the British governor by acting as a buffer against attacks from the north. Te Wherowhero of Waikato protected from the south.

NEW ZEALAND FIRST LEADER WINSTON PETERS SAID THE CLAIMS WERE ABSURD. "NATIONAL'S INDULGENCE FOR MAORI SEPARATISM IS LEADING TO EVER MORE LUDICROUS CLAIMS,” he said. "In all seriousness National is keen to put iwi before Kiwi and that's not something people voted for." (3) .....
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2015/08/mike-butler-tribes-compete-in-auckland.html

7) AIRPORT SHARE OFFERED TO MANA AHURIRI 
BUT THAT AREA WAS PART OF TE WHANGANUI A OROTU LAGOON THAT BECAME LAND DURING THE 1931 HAWKE’S BAY EARTHQUAKE.

NEITHER WAS THE AREA "TAKEN AWAY". Three hundred Maori signed the deed that transferred the 107,242ha Ahuriri block to the colonial government for £1500 in 1851.

The Ahuriri deed said: “Now we have in our assemblies sighed over wept over and bidden farewell to and solemnly consented entirely to give up these lands descended to us from our ancestors with their seas rivers waters timber and all appertaining to the said land to Victoria the Queen of England for ever......
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2015/04/mike-butler-airport-share-offered-to.html#more

8) NGAPUHI REPORT REASON TO CAN TRIBUNAL 
A report by the Waitangi Tribunal that argues Ngapuhi chiefs did not agree to cede sovereignty is deeply flawed and provides further evidence that the tribunal should be abolished. .....
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2014/11/mike-butler-ngapuhi-report-reason-to.html

9) ANOTHER BILLION DOLLAR TRIBE 
This tribe also made money out of selling the South Island before 1840, and selling it all over again to the New Zealand government after 1840......
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2014/10/mike-butler-another-billion-dollar-tribe.html

10) NURSING A GRUDGE TUHOE STYLE 
Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson did not include the “children on bayonets” story in his tale of woe as he delivered his ritual apology yesterday (2) and nowhere in the four Waitangi Tribunal reports is there any mention of Tuhoe children being bayoneted.

But children were bayoneted at Mohaka on the East Coast of the North Island on April 10, 1869, and those wielding the bayonets were quite likely Tuhoe men fighting for rebel Te Kooti as they attacked Ngati Pahauwera. Sixty one Mohaka men, woman and children were killed on that day, including seven settlers.

Settler children were bayoneted. They were the children of the Lavin family. No apology or compensation for them. It appears that Tuhoe grievances grow and change in the re-telling......
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2014/08/mike-butler-nursing-grudge-tuhoe-style.html

11) JAMIE WHYTE AND TREATY SETTLEMENTS 
THE TREATY SETTLEMENT PROCESS LONG AGO DEPARTED FROM SEEKING TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION. The Waitangi Tribunal has given up any semblance of balanced inquiries and simply advocates for claimants. EVIDENCE IS NOT TESTED. .....
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2014/07/mike-butler-jamie-whyte-and-treaty.html#more

12) FARMS FOR WAR VETERANS -- THE FACTS 
In light of a possible Waitangi Tribunal claim that the government breached the Treaty of Waitangi by not giving farms to Maori war veterans, it appears that relatively few farms were provided for ex-servicemen and relatively few Maori fought in the wars. .....
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2014/07/mike-butler-farms-for-war-veterans-facts.html

13) OLD HAUHAU KEREOPA GETS NEW SHINE 
Yet another chapter in the history of New Zealand was re-written last week when the old Hauhau fanatic Kereopa Te Rau was quietly given a statutory pardon for involvement in the killing of Reverend Carl Sylvius Volkner at Opotiki in March 1865.

The pardon does not change the past because Kereopa remains executed and Volkner remains murdered but it does mean that Ngati Rangiwewehi could use it to help squeeze $6-million in financial redress from the government as their settlement deed was passed into law.....
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2014/06/mike-butler-old-hauhau-kereopa-gets-new.html

14) $200M CHALLENGE FOR HB TRIBES 
Notably absent in Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson’s press releases are his usual comments along the lines that these tribes “suffered dreadfully”. This reflects a reality that Heretaunga-Tamatea and Wairoa groups did not suffer much. They sold land to, cooperated with, and benefited from settlers arriving from Britain in the 19th century.

There were no indications of the nature of grievances in the official press releases. ....
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2014/06/mike-butler-200m-challenge-for-hb-tribes.html#more

15) MORE TREATY DOLLARS FOR TARANAKI 
More treaty dollars were assigned to two Taranaki tribes this week with deeds of settlement signed with Ngaruahine and Te Atiawa. Those who know New Zealand history will recall that a key Te Atiawa forebear both sold most of Taranaki and then went on to oppose land sales, sparking the 1860 Taranaki war...

....These constitute a second round of “final” settlements since the 1944 Taranaki Maori Claims Settlement Act was also intended as a final settlement of claims in that area....
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2014/06/mike-butler-more-treaty-dollars-for.html

16) TE KOOTI CITED FOR MORE MONEY 
The trust’s press release said that the Waitangi Tribunal described the claims in Gisborne as being "significantly worse" than Taranaki and Waikato. The tribunal specifically found that:

1. A quarter of the adult population was illegally imprisoned on the Chatham Islands;

2. About 43 percent of the adult male population of Turanga were killed in war by the Crown;

3. Over 100 Turanga (Gisborne) prisoners were illegally executed by the Crown at Ngatapa, a third to half of the number killed by the Crown in war with Turanga Iwi including Te Aitanga a Mahaki. Ngatapa is within the tribal area of Te Aitanga a Mahaki.(2)

What the press release does not say is that:

1. Te Kooti he was shipped to the Chatham Islands in June 1866 with Pai Marire-Hauhau taken prisoner after fighting against the government and pro-government Maori in the mid 1860s.

2. Te Kooti led an escape from the Chatham Islands, on July 4, 1868, of 163 men, 64 women, and 71 children.

3. Te Kooti and 100 fighters attacked the Poverty Bay settlement at night on November 9, 1868, in an event known as the Matawhero massacre. Seventy people were killed including more than 20 Maori, which included seven chiefs.

4. The “illegal executions by the Crown” refer to events at Ngatapa pa on January 4, 1869, by Ngati Porou leader Rapata Wahawaha, who exacted revenge on Rongowhakaata fighters for being forced to grow up as a slave to the Rongowhakaata tribe. Te Kooti and his fighters were chased there after the Matawhero massacre. Militia leaders did not sanction the executions and Colonel George Whitmore would have been hard pressed to prevent it because nearly all soldiers were Maori.

5. Te Kooti’s forces attacked Mohaka on April 10, 1869, as revenge for being prevented from marching inland when he landed from the Chatham Islands. Sixty-one Mohaka men, women and children, including seven settlers, were killed in the fighting. The children of the settler Lavin family had been thrown into the air and impaled on bayonets.(3)

Do you still think that Te Aitanga A Mahaki were innocent victims of the Crown?.... 
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2014/04/mike-butler-te-kooti-cited-for-more.html

17) TREATY DEAL FOR DESCENDANTS OF KILLERS 
Chatham Islands Ngati Mutunga have agreed on who will represent them in treaty negotiations but there is a big question of why any payout would be suitable for the descendants of those who invaded the Chatham Islands in 1835 and murdered hundreds of peaceful Moriori. .....

......... Maori witnesses told the Native Land Court in 1870 that they had deliberately killed 300 Moriori, noting in a matter-of-fact manner that it was the traditional method of supporting land claims.

Now, 179 years later, the descendents the perpetrators of this genocide are lining up for a payout for imagined alleged acts and omissions by a settler government......
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2014/04/mike-butler-treaty-deal-for-descendents.html#more

18) THE BIG LAND-LOSS LIE 
Grievance specialists like McCarten and Ngai Tahu chairman Sir Mark Solomon like to compare the price paid in the mid 19th century with the value of that land as it has been developed, today. Chairman Mark Solomon told Q&A television current affairs programme on June 6, 2010, that:

There was an exercise done by Treasury which took the lands that Ngai Tahu had been dispossessed of or hadn't been awarded in reserves like they should have, and they gave it a 1988 value. Treasury stood before the Waitangi Tribunal and stated that Ngai Tahu's loss was between 12 and 15 billion dollars. We used the same documentation with our external advisors Credit Suisse First Boston, who stood in front of the tribunal and said we absolutely disagree, the figure of loss to Ngai Tahu is between 18 and 20 billion.(2)

But the murky corridors of the Waitangi Tribunal are the only place in the universe one could get away with such an argument. If that were allowed in the real world, courts would be crammed with people demanding a cut of the current value of a property that he or she had sold for a much lower price years earlier......
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2014/03/mike-butler-big-land-loss-lie.html#more

19) $21.04M SOOTHES 'EGREGIOUS' FAILURES 
In a newspaper article on the Crown apology delivered by Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson last Friday, reproduced in the New Zealand Herald, was high on rhetoric. One word used in the report was “egregious”, a word that means “outstandingly bad or shocking”.

But that article is short on context. The “outstandingly bad or shocking” alleged acts and omissions by the Crown actually took place within the context of settlement proceeding by consent, with all land used by settlers being purchased. In fact, the British (government and settlers) bought 24.1-million hectares of New Zealand’s total land area of 26.8-million hectares

The really “outstandingly bad or shocking” acts and omissions characterised earlier British colonisation, before 1840 and in other countries, and that involved taking land, importing slaves for labour, and gunning down unwilling natives, circumstances the newly humanitarian British of 1840 wished to avoid. After all, the British Empire was built on land taken through war, and upon resources taken by force.

It appears that settlements like this one awarding $21.04-million to Far North tribe Ngati Kuri can only proceed by talking up the grievances. Words like “egregious” turn up the heat and shed little light.....
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2014/02/mike-butler-2104m-soothes-egregious.html

20) PAUANUI OPPOSES RESERVE GIVEAWAY 
Two pages on the tribe’s website devoted to “land struggles” don’t say that their forebears sold the land, preferring to characterise their land history as of “loss and confiscation for hundreds of years. However, Henry Hansen Turton’s record shows more than 60 land sales deeds for Coromandel.(3)....
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2014/01/mike-butler-pauanui-opposes-reserve.html#more

21) GIFT NOW PARTNERSHIP DENIED 
The Waitangi Tribunal version of Te Heuheu’s gift could now become state orthodoxy, Cowan’s history could be quietly deleted, and the new history could be indoctrinated into school children, and university students, while anyone who wishes to work in a government department may have to sign up to the new “truth”.....
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2013/11/mike-butler-gift-now-partnership-denied.html

22) WHANGAREI LAND SOLD, NOT ‘LOST’ 
When the 1984-1987 government decided to reopen all old claims back to 1840, anyone with any inkling of a claim was invited to ask for more. The public was told that the claim would be investigated by a fair and impartial Waitangi Tribunal.

In fact, in our topsy-turvy world, THERE IS NO FAIR AND IMPARTIAL WAITANGI TRIBUNAL PROCESS.

You would be surprised to know that the FIRST STEP involves claimants and the Crown agreeing to a negotiated statement of facts. The NEXT STEP involves the Waitangi Tribunal writing up a report based on the agreed statement. The THIRD STEP has claimants and the Office of Treaty Settlements negotiating settlement compensation, and the FOURTH STEP HAS PARLIAMENT RUBBER-STAMPING AN ALREADY LEGALLY BINDING DEED OF SETTLEMENT.

The fertility clinic doctor presenting the claim for Nga Hapu o Whangarei apparently had no idea of the 44 deeds of sale and the $3.2-million (2013 dollars) already paid to those 19th century great-grandparents who quite happily sold their claims to the area. He repeated the emotional and inaccurate claim that the land was “taken” then cited the example of a former Maori farmer of the year to show “what practical support rather than taking their land might have done for the hapu”. (3).....
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2013/10/mike-butler-whangarei-claimants-deja-vu.html#more

23) REFUND FROM NGAI TAHU REQUIRED 
While Ngai Tahu demand bigger top-ups, the repeated settlements shows that Ngai Tahu have been playing successive political leaders as fools. The current government could demand return of the $170-million paid to the tribe in 1998, plus interest, as well as return of the recent $68.5-million top-up....
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2013/10/mike-butler-ngai-tahu-demand-bigger-top.html#more

24) LEST WE FORGET THE WAIKATO WAR 
The re-written history included in the the Waikato-Tainui Deed of Settlement presents the fiction of the Crown engaging in war against Maori in the Waikato for no apparent reason and unjustly taking large areas of land.

The deed fails to accept that Waikato Maori were deeply involved with Wiremu Kingi in the Taranaki War of 1860, and Kingi himself was involved in Waikato fighting.....
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2013/07/mike-butler-lest-we-forget-waikato-war.html#more

25) TUHOE DEAL JUST? YOU DECIDE 
Guilt-ridden government bodies have accepted Tuhoe tales at face value and have handed over a huge amount of money in a move that would send many of those in those 19th century campaigns spinning in their graves.....
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2013/06/mike-butler-tuhoe-victims-or.html 
26) MOKOMOKO AND THE GULLIBLE MP
If Maori affairs committee chairman Tau Henare is serious about getting this "as right as possible", he would tell the claimants that the 1992 pardon was more than adequate, that legislating to make Mokomoko's character and prestige appear better than it is would be out of the question, as would financial compensation.....
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2013/03/mike-butler-mokomoko-and-gullible-mp.html#more

27) WATER CLAIM STILL GOING STRONG 
It is bizarre that such a claim to water rights could progress in light of the fact that a search of 19th century sale and purchase deeds revealed that the chiefs sold the water, along with rivers, lakes, and streams, trees, minerals, and all appertaining to the land or beneath the surface. (See “Deeds, half-truths, water rights” at http://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.co.nz/2012/11/mike-butler-water-rights-deeds-and-lies.html#more )....
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2013/02/mike-butler-water-claim-still-going.html#more

28) DODGY DEALS AND THE TWISTED TREATY 
Did John Key do a deal with the Maori Party involving repeal of the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004 before the 2008 election and not breathe a word of it during the campaign? Part of one chapter in Twisting the treaty – a tribal grab for wealth and power, published last week, says just that.....
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2013/02/mike-butler-tribalists-and-twisted.html#more

29) NATIONAL’S $1B TREATY SPEND-UP 
An update of Treaty Transparency, published at NZCPR.com this week, shows the extent of treaty settlement generosity under the current National Party-led government. John Key’s government has signed up and mostly transferred a total amount $1.07-billion since 2008. At Ratana marae in late January, Key unwittingly clarified his view of his historical redress haste -- treaty settlements are to buy votes.
The National-led government’s Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson has completed 16 settlements, while 17 are awaiting legislation. By contrast, the Helen Clark-led Labour government completed 12 for a total amount of $411.9-million.
For those who continue to maintain that treaty settlements are all about historical “justice”, a few unpalatable facts raise questions as to whether the process is about justice or buying favour.

For instance, a bit of double-dipping appeared in December, in a deed signed between the government and an unknown Waikato group named Ngati Koroki Kahukura that includes $3-million plus interest in financial and commercial redress and $3.73-million “cultural” funding.....
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2013/02/mike-butler-mike-butler-nationals-1b.html#more

30) BUYING VOTES AT RATANA 
With 16 settlements completed, 17 awaiting legislation, total amount $1.07-billion spent, the Key government has eclipsed the previous Labour government total of 12 completed for a total amount of $411.9-million. But Key has now unwittingly clarified the purpose of his historical redress haste -- treaty settlements are to buy votes. ....
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2013/01/mike-butler-buying-votes-at-ratana.html#more

31) WAIKATO GREED, DOUBLE DIPPING 
Quietly, last month, a deed was signed between the government and an unknown tribal group named Ngati Koroki Kahukura that includes $3-million plus interest in financial and commercial redress and $3.73-million “cultural” funding.

Ngati Koroki Kahukura say they descend from the captain of the Tainui canoe and have a tribal territory east of Cambridge in the Waikato, according to the Office of Treaty Settlements website, making them bonafide Waikato-Tainui.

The story of this sub-tribe that claims 3500 members is the same as the Waikato story – they fought against the wicked white coloniser, lost, had lands confiscated and did not get them back because they were deemed enemies of the state.

Waikato-Tainui’s second full and final settlement of $170-million, in 1995, was to benefit members of the tribe as a whole. A legitimate question is why can a Waikato-Tainui subgroup pop up and receive a further settlement?......
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2013/01/mike-butler-waikato-greed-double-dipping.html#more

32) PICTON TRIBE’S $11.7M QUERIED 
What is their legitimacy to make a claim to the Waitangi Tribunal? The answer to this may be traced to a seriously deficient policy of the Lange Labour government which enabled claims back to 1840 to be investigated. No government since then has questioned this policy.

What followed shows government dysfunction at its worst. People filing a claim needed only to show that they were of Maori descent and note the historical grievance allegedly suffered. The Waitangi Tribunal, a government body created to investigate claims, would add the claim to others of the region and write it up to create the most compelling case for cash compensation. Another government body, the Office of Treaty Settlements, would negotiate a substantial cash payment.

The entire grievance-redress process exists outside of our democratic process......
https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2012/12/mike-butler-picton-tribes-117m-queried.html#more

33) NGATI TOA VILLAINY REWARDED 
Descendants of the villainous old Cook Strait area chiefs Te Rauparaha and Te Rangihaeata have agreed on a record treaty payout without any consideration of an unpunished atrocity that took place in the Nelson area in 1843, and while ignoring a plan by both chiefs to wipe out the fledgling Wellington settlement in 1846......

34) DEVONPORT SNUB ONE OF MANY 
There is probably little, if any, actual basis of grievance for the scale of financial redress that our current government has entered into with Ngati Whatua o Orakei. The grievances that appeared since 1985, when old history could be re-inspected to see if any old slights still existed, were largely conjured up out of thin air by redefining everything that transpired between the government and Maori since 1840 as a grievance......

35) COMPO FOR TREATY BREACHES BY MAORI 
All is not as it seems in the grievance-redress world, because while Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia blubbered her way through her speech to Parliament during the past week, three of the four bills being rushed through were awarding compensation to tribes who had breached the Treaty of Waitangi.

Breached the treaty, you may ask, we have never heard of Maori breaching the treaty? If the treaty is a solemn agreement between several signatories, if some parties to the agreement take up arms against the others, surely that would constitute a breach of the treaty? That is exactly what some members of Gisborne tribes Ngai Tamanuhiri and Rongowhakaata, and Bay of Plenty tribe Ngati Makino did about 150 years ago......

......But it appears that Clendon and the other 121 MPs are ignorant of our actual history, and want us all to read the made-up version in which wicked colonisers take advantage of noble chiefs. This lop-sided narrative is being extended every time a treaty settlement is rushed through the House.....

36) IS NGATI RANGINUI DEAL JUSTIFIED? 
In a press release, Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson said the settlement, that was signed on June 23 at Te Ranga, near Tauranga, provides redress recognising that “Ngati Ranginui and other Tauranga iwi have suffered some of the worst grievances in New Zealand’s history including the loss of life and the raupatu of land”. The Office of Treaty Settlements summary skirts the issues and the Waitangi Tribunal’s Report on the Tauranga Confiscation Claims offers a split decision.

If this was among the worst grievances in New Zealand’s history, Ngati Ranginui was not mentioned in an 1882 list of complaints taken by chiefs to England for Queen Victoria to ponder. (1) The 1926 Sim commission found that confiscations in the Bay of Plenty were largely fair. The only Bay of Plenty grievance in the 1940s round of settlements was that of Whakatohea that had sustained land confiscation, for a lump sum payment of £20,000, in the Finance No. 2 Act on October 12, 1946......

...... The government’s apparent rush to hand over cash, assets, co-management, landmarks, and sacred areas to newly created tribal entities implies some sort of unease that could come from believing the anti-colonist allegations made by the Waitangi Tribunal. The bravery, military skill, and chivalry of the 1860s campaigns, when people died for their causes, contrast with the expedience and opportunism that is a part of politics today. It would appear that our current political leaders either have forgotten or are ignorant of our brief history.....

37) FINLAYSON’S FURTIVE DEALS INFURIATE 
Finlayson, who tried to explain that the deal to give Ngati Whatua the 3.2ha of land had been done transparently, appears to think that secret deals are quite normal. The Coastal and Marine Area Act legitimised secret agreements with absolutely no consultation with anyone else followed by a rubber stamp bill passed through Parliament. Treaty negotiations ministers have been following that pattern since 1989, which caused no problem when remote schools and farms were given away, but a big problem when a big chunk of a leafy suburb is involved.

The problem with the secret-deal approach is that communities won’t be told until it is signed and sealed. That means they won’t be able to challenge the validity of the claim nor set the record straight on other issues. Neighbouring Maori who might also want to claim the area won’t be told either, all of which seems of no concern to Finlayson.......

38) TAKAPUNA DEAL SHABBY 
This deal either is shoddy accounting or a shabby sweetheart deal. It is the sort of thing that became inevitable once successive governments offered to pay cash for grievances.

What is required to stop the settlement process spinning further out of control is supervision of the Waitangi Tribunal and Office of Treaty Settlements within the court hierarchy, earlier final settlements, such as those made in the 1940s, to be acknowledged in current settlement values, historical grievances limited to those actually complained about before 1985, and the Waitangi Tribunal to be disestablished once historical claims are settled.....

39) SPOTLIGHT ON TREATY BUSINESS 
Chen writes: “These settlements are redress for historic grievances”. What are those historic grievances? Chen does not define them in her article, although they were defined for the Waitangi Tribunal (See Treaty Transparency – What Are The Grievances?) in such a way that every tribe has been able to claim compensation irrespective of any misdeeds and of how fortunate or unfortunate their history has been......

40) RONGOWHAKAATA DEAL REVEALS FANATICAL CULTS, WARFARE, MURDER, LAND WRANGLES AT GISBORNE
Thus, a closer look at Gisborne history shows a more tangled web than the Rongowhakaata settlement summary describes. The Pai Marire Hauhaus were involved in an armed insurrection.....

41) $23M DEAL RECALLS NAPIER'S PAST WOES 
Prime Minister John Key and Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson put on tea and biscuits in Wellington for the Maungaharuru Tangitu hapu last Thursday. But in their haste to settle historical grievances, Key and Finlayson have apparently overlooked the culpability of that hapu’s Hauhau forebears in the Omarunui clash. Payments like the $23-million involved in this agreement look increasingly like pay-offs.....

42) WHY REVISIT THE 11 'FULL AND FINAL' TREATY SETTLEMENTS MADE BEFORE 1958? 
Ngai Tahu, Waikato-Tainui, Taranaki tribes, and Tuhoe all agreed to and accepted final cash settlements to their grievances between 1944 and 1958,.....

This 22-year-old study is relevant because Taranaki tribes and Tuhoe, members of which accepted final settlements in 1944 and 1958 respectively, are in negotiation with the government for further final settlements. It is also relevant because none of these earlier settlements have been acknowledged in the current round of claims.

Why revisit the 11 "full and final" treaty settlements made before 1958? Some explanation is required........

43) RIVERS OF MONEY TO GREEDY IWI 
Attorney General Chris Finlayson and Finance Minister Bill English, of the National Party-led government that is struggling with a ballooning deficit, signed these inexplicably generous agreements. River clean-up is at most half of this deal, which looks more like a continuing river of taxpayer money to greedy iwi......

44) MOHAKA SETTLEMENT GENEROUS, BUT WHO SOLD THE LAND AND KILLED THE ANCESTORS? 
A $20-million Treaty of Waitangi settlement of Mohaka tribe Ngati Pahauwera, signed on December 18, 2010, shows that the government is getting more generous, grievances are more tenuous, and claimants more adept at playing the victim......

45) TRIBUNAL’S TWISTED HISTORY 
History is not bunk, as Henry Ford would have us think. While we try to live in the present, our brief history is pressing down on us and is costing us dearly. The historians who stood mildly by while 19th century New Zealand history was reinterpreted according to 20th century treaty principles have trashed their credibility. The government-paid officials who use this ideological history to justify the transfer of millions of dollars in cash, vast swathes of land, commercial buildings and so on to small private corporations dotted around the country in the name of healing the past are simply contemptible.....

46) THE NGATI KUIA SETTLEMENT -- HEALING OLD WOUNDS OR MAKING NEW MISTAKES? 
Another South Island tribe, Ngati Kuia, has resolved historical grievances with the Crown over an area in which overlapping tribal interests have led to an earlier settlement creating a further grievance and a recommendation for compensation. The settlement, signed at Canvastown on the Saturday afternoon of Labour weekend, consists of $24-million in commercial redress, an apology for historical breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi, and the return of culturally significant sites and other crown properties. Since the Ngati Kuia settlement has had no scrutiny by politicians or commentators, and since it was released in a news dead zone, here are the facts and some comment.....

47) UREWERA REPORT DISHONEST 
The Urewera reports seek to legitimise Tuhoe claims for self-government, the return of huge tracts of land, and transfer of large sums of money. The problem is that Waitangi Tribunal historians have taken a lop-sided view by emphasizing the dreadful deeds of the Crown while glossing over, or ignoring, the equally dreadful deeds done by anti-settler Maori. This is dishonest handling of history......