Topic: Ngāti Ranginui Deed of Settlement (21 June 2012)
Ngāti Ranginui signed a Treaty of Waitangi Deed of Settlement with the the Crown on 21 June 2012, the 148th anniversary of the Battle of Te Ranga. Over one thousand people witnessed the signing at the Te Ranga battleground in Tauranga, along with King Tuheiti, the Māori King. Photos: Lee Switzer.
Ngāti Ranginui was the first Tauranga iwi to settle with the Crown and the settlement included all eight hapu of the iwi. The Deed of Settlement stated that the Crown "deeply regretted" that its actions severed Ngāti Ranginui from their traditional lands, deprived them of opportunities for development, caused significant harm to the iwi's social and economic development, damaged their autonomy and ability to exercise customary rights and responsibilities, and marginalised them within their own rohe.