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Claims for breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi before 1992 are known as historical claims. Settlements aim to resolve these claims by providing some redress to claimant groups.
Claimant groups will choose people to represent them in negotiations with the Crown. The representatives will sign Terms of Negotiation with the Crown on the group’s behalf.
The details of a settlement between the Crown and a claimant group are worked out during the negotiations part of the process.
When the terms of a settlement have been agreed on, Parliament will pass a law to make it legally binding.
When a Treaty settlement is complete, the claimant group will receive the assets that were agreed on during negotiations.
Funding is available to help pay the costs associated with negotiating Treaty of Waitangi claims.
Page last updated: 27 April 2017
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