Crown acknowledgements and apology
The Deed of Settlement contains acknowledgements that historical Crown actions or omissions caused prejudice to Rangitāne, or breached the Treaty of Waitangi and its principles.
The Deed of Settlement also includes a Crown apology to Rangitāne for its acts and omissions which breached the Crown's obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and for the damage that those actions caused to Rangitāne. These include the pressure applied to Rangitāne to sell land, the failure to protect Rangitāne tribal structures, and the failure to protect Rangitāne from becoming virtually landless. They also include apologies concerning the loss of Te Tapere-nui-o-Whātonga (Seventy Mile Bush) and taonga such as the huia bird, the Crown's former lack of recognition of Rangitāne, and its failure to respect the rangatiratanga of Rangitāne.