More Waitangi Treaty Hearings For Kāpiti

Paraparaumu Airport in happier days (2011)

The alienation of Maori land at the Kāpiti Airport will be included when hearings for Kāpiti Treaty claims continue at Southwards in Otaihanga next week.

Districtwide Councillor Jackie Elliott says the Ngatiawa claim will be a significant one and includes both the Kapiti Landings Airport site and central Paraparaumu.

Claim based on traditional usage

She says the claim is based on traditional usage of land and water resources which will include (but is not limited to) the Ngatiawa River/

Councillor Jackie Elliott 

Waikanae River water catchment area, the Maungakotukutuku Valley and ranges, the environs that include Otaraua Park and the lower Waikanae River, central Paraparaumu and the Kapiti Landings airport site.

The continuation of hearings for the Kāpiti Claims will be held at the Southwards complex in Otaihanga, Paraparaumu, on Monday the 10th, Tuesday the 11th, and Wednesday the 12th of June.

Time at last for Ngatiawa Ki Kapiti

Claimants of Ngatiawa Ki Kapiti descent are scheduled to be the last in the list of iwi who are presenting evidence in support of their claims.

Crown representatives will also be present at the hearing alongside the hearings tribunal.

The public are also welcome to attend the hearing.

Valuable chance to hear 1st-hand evidence — Cr Elliott

Cr Elliott says: “The two previous hearings, at Southwards and Whakarongatai Marae in Waikanae, have been a valuable opportunity to hear and record first-hand accounts of our area’s history,

“This claim includes highly-developed town centres and infrastructure.

“It could have far-reaching implications for future iwi consultation and management of our district.”

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