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The struggle for reparations has taken decades, but Maori tribes have longed for the atrocities perpetrated by the royal family, including “indiscriminate” killings and “massive” alienation of tribal lands. finally secured an apology and millions of dollars in compensation.

On Wednesday, a charter train traveled down the spine of New Zealand’s North Island carrying hundreds of Ngāti Maniapoto iwi (tribe) members. Iwi traveled nine hours to reach Wellington, where he joined more members in the public gallery of Parliament the next day to witness Maniapoto’s claim settlement bill become law.

After the House of Commons unanimously passed the bill, the gallery was immersed in waiata (songs) and haka (ceremonial dances). As well as an apology, the Waikato-based iwi, of approximately 46,000 members, has given away his NZ$177 million monetary bailout, his fifth largest in New Zealand, and 36 culturally significant sites. received a refund of

Following the event, iwi Kaumatua (elder) and scholar Dr. Tom Roa said the settlement marked a “new chapter in the history book” for the iwi and the crown.

“This law will strengthen my identification with the royal family,” he told Waatea News, but hastily added that what happened next “will be very important to Ngāti Maniapoto.”

The settlement is the culmination of more than 30 years of fighting for reparations for breaches of the royal family’s obligations to Maori under the Treaty of Waitangi.

New Zealand has established a process by which indigenous peoples can seek reparations for atrocities committed by colonization. The Settlement System was established in 1975 to remedy the King’s violation of the Treaty of Waitangi, a founding document between the British royal family and the Maori people.

Elsewhere in the world, many indigenous peoples are in the midst of renewed calls to pay their colonizers reparations for past wrongs, including Jamaica, the United States and other parts of the Caribbean.

In 1840, Ngāti Maniapoto was a powerful independent Ewi, expanding trade ties among the growing Pakeha (New Zealand European) population. However, in the decades that followed, their tribal structure changed, with the king expropriating land, payment for land purchased was greatly reduced, and the Turangawae (foundation) was removed from the iwi through forced takeovers for public works. Encroached because it was robbed.

The royal family admitted to killing women and children indiscriminately and looting and destroying property in the country for no reason during the Waikato War. It has been suffering for too long from a decline,” he said.

Many ministers and MPs, including Ngāti Maniapoto and Whakapapa (who have genealogical ties), were visibly moved when the bill passed. Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta, who once led the Iwi negotiations, broke down in tears during her speech.

“As I have admitted many times before, this moment has come a long and turbulent road,” she said.

Acknowledging those who went to parliament to testify to the royal statement, Mahuta said, “When we do a health check on the settlement in five years, everyone will know if the results were as expected. I will make it possible,” he said. .

“I have high hopes,” she said.

The minister said he stands proud of the legacy left by previous generations of iwi, saying, “That legacy is for our children, their children and those we don’t yet know.” and they are proud to be Mania Port’ in the future.

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