Tūhoe will converge in Taneatua today to hear the Crown apology to their people delivered by Minister of Treaty Settlements Chris Finlayson as part of the Tūhoe and Crown settlement.
Te Uru Taumatua and the grounds surrounding Te Kura Whare will host the historical event and last minute preparations are underway before the Pōhiri, which is set to take place at 9am.
The Minister is expected to make the apology at 11:30 which will address at least 170 years of warfare and raupatu on the people of Tūhoe.
Following the apology a range of celebrations will take place which will have children’s activities and a variety of performers at the event including the Laughing Samoans.
The settlement includes Crown acknowledgements of breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi and its principles, a Crown Apology for those breaches; an agreed historical account of the relationship between the Crown and Tūhoe; redress which will create a new legal identity for Te Urewera and see it co-governed by Crown and Tūhoe representatives; Mana Motuhake redress incorporating a social service management plan for the Tūhoe rohe, and a financial and commercial redress package totalling $170 million.
Te Kāea reporters Mere McLean, Wikitoria Day and Maiki Sherman are in Taneatua and will bring you more details throughout the day and tonight on Te Kāea at 5:30 and 7:00pm with subtitles.