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Mangatu hearing to hear the final evidence

The Waitangi Tribunal hearing for the Mangatu remedies claim resumes in Gisborne tomorrow.

The next two days will hear the last round of evidence for the claim, before the tribunal deliberates and works towards a reccommendation.

Six iwi claimant groups have applied for the return of Mangatu Crown forest licensed lands, plus compensation.

They are Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Nga Ariki Kaiputahi, Mangatu Incorporation, Te Whanau a Kai, Ngariki Kaiputahi (separate to Nga Ariki Kaiputahi), Rangiwhakataetaea/Wi Haronga/Ngati Matepu, and the Crown.

It will be up to the tribunal panel to make a decision on how the distribution of such a settlement would be carried out — who the land should be returned to, and how much compensation the Crown should be ordered to pay in regard to grievances with the Crown.

These grievances relate to claims of loss of life, land and opportunities to iwi as a result of land confiscations and conflict with the Crown.

This week’s hearing will focus on the evidence of the Crown, and is being held at Poverty Bay Golf Club.