Members of the Ngāti Maniapoto iwi (tribe) erupted into waiata (song) and haka (ceremonial dance) as New Zealand’s House of Representatives unanimously voted to pass the Maniapoto claims settlement bill into law.
The Waikato-based iwi of nearly 46,000 members received NZ$177m in financial redress – the country’s fifth-largest sum of its kind – the return of 36 sites of cultural significance and an apology over colonial atrocities.
Hundreds of Ngāti Maniapoto iwi members had travelled for nine hours to reach Wellington, where they joined many more members in the parliament’s public gallery to witness the vote
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