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Just a comment on unclaimed land money.  

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Ira OWC
(@ira-owc)
Eminent Member

Kia ora whanau,

Happy reading whanau!

This is Te Paetahi original posting to me! Kia ora Te Paetahi.

Just a comment on unclaimed money.

I know of some instances where land was compulsorily taken under the Public Works Act from Maori owners. Compensation was assessed and paid into accounts in the names of the owners. However, they wouldn't touch the money because they felt it would have indicated they agreed with their land being taken. In relative terms, it was a substantial sum and given the number of years that have rolled by, with interest, the amount has increased. Yet the money still sits in those accounts unclaimed. In most cases, the original owners are now dead. Given our mobility (most of us don't live in our wa kainga now days) and an associated mataotao with our roots and history, I suspect that some of these moneys will be succeeded to by uri of the owners unaware of the underlying history. It would be good if you could add a rider to your panui on succession to unclaimed money suggesting owners do a little more digging before taking any action. I know many will go for the dollar without looking but others may be more staunch to the kaupapa of their tipuna.

This korero is compliments of Te Paetahi and Ira .

TE PAETAHI: I know of some instances where land was compulsorily taken under the Public Works Act from Maori owners.

IRA: And they are still using the Public Works Act today to try and take maori land. I mean to say we only got 5% of maori land compared to 100% before the europeans/pakeha’s what ever they like to call themselves (maybe thieves are just a bit to harsher word to use) before their arrival.

I am also very worried about the rates that are owed on maori freehold land. It is a pakeha concept of payment. But they got to remember they in our TURANGAWAEWAE, we not in theirs, thank goodness. Yet they have taken over our country and we now, have to abide by their ‘bull’ policies. And the policies are there for their protection, not ours, as we all know?

But one thing good about today is that maori are just not putting up with any more ‘bull’ from the pakeha policies! I was watching the news the other nite and I was elated when I saw those Maori chopping down the tree to block access on the road. I thought, yeah bout time, this kind of action is what needs to be done to make it clear to the pakeha that we are not going to put up with their bull any longer. ‘Enough is Enough’. I tautoko them 1000000%. Because that’s what type of action, we as maori, have to take. RADICAL ACTION! And if we are made to look bad then who the hell cares. I know our grandchildren would care if we did nothing, cos then they would have NO TURANGAWAEWAE/WA KAINGA, and that doesn’t appeal to me at all.

We need a REALLY STRONG MAORI PARTY? A party that will protect the rights of our future mokopuna, a party that will protect our people, a party that will protect our land, a party that will protect maoridom as a whole. To date we haven’t had such a party and I am loosing faith in the people that have gone into parliament on our behalf.

TE PAETAHI: Compensation was assessed and paid into accounts in the names of the owners. However, they wouldn't touch the money because they felt it would have indicated they agreed with their land being taken. In relative terms, it was a substantial sum and given the number of years that have rolled by, with interest, the amount has increased. Yet the money still sits in those accounts unclaimed.

IRA: Would you have a possible solution for this issue. So, are those big monies that I am posting, could they be part of the compensation, somehow I feel your answer could be YES? I have checked the big ($) postings and none appear (as yet) to be compensation money, however I could be wrong. Hmmm, going to have to do a more thorough check on this as per your suggestion. Thanks! Another possible solution would be to use that money to purchase land close to their wa kainga.

TE PAETAHI: In most cases, the original owners are now dead. Given our mobility (most of us don't live in our wa kainga now days) and an associated mataotao with our roots and history, I suspect that some of these moneys will be succeeded to by uri of the owners unaware of the underlying history. It would be good if you could add a rider to your panui on succession to unclaimed money suggesting owners do a little more digging before taking any action.

IRA: Think that is a great idea. But how long will the money have to sit there before action is taken. OK, bad deeds were done to our whanau back then but how do we make the most of that money that belongs to our whanau NOW! Any ideas/solutions would be most appreciative. My first thought is, ok, they STOLE our land, so HOW do we turn a negative situation into a POSITIVE one so that the whanau will benefit the most from the negative aspect of our land stealing/grabbing. We can’t fix the past but we can damn well make sure it doesn’t happen in the future and it’s not about our future it is about the future of our moko’s. My personal suggestion would be to purchase land with the money that was given to maori for the taking of maori land because the pakeha aren’t going to give it back. NO WAY!

TE PAETAHI: I know many will go for the dollar without looking but others may be more staunch to the kaupapa of their tipuna.

IRA: I feel that if whanau do take the money and the money is used to purchase land, which was the reason this money was given because of the taking/stealing of land, do you think our tupuna would mind their whanau doing that. But then, how many will actually do that, I mean, purchase land? Hmmm.

Really enjoyed your korero and thanks for making me aware of this issue. It is very much appreciated. Will inform whanau if the money is compensation money. Once again, THANKS!

I really feel that this should be a new posting so that whanau can have a read and decide on what they need to do for the best interest of our mokopuna, as it is all about our MOKOPUNA now!

Lets turn a negative situation into a POSITIVE one.

Please feel free to add any suggestions or comments whanau.

Arohamai.

Edited by - Ira on Jan 25 2007 07:57:04 AM

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Posted : 25 January, 2007 7:49 am
Neena OWC
(@neena-owc)
New Member

He mihi nu nui ki a koe
i fully support your korero and would like to thank you for addressing this issue and bringing it to light for our whanau to read and take note of. there are many issues out there that we are not fully aware of and if we continue to tell our whanau of the atroscities against māori due to the assimilation of our people, watch out world!

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Posted : 26 January, 2007 12:38 pm
Nani OWC
(@nani-owc)
Eminent Member

Kā pāi anō e ira for your statement, your comments are interesting & not new however, i agree about some of our whānau just wanting to chase the dollar & never mind learning about the history behind being beneficiaries in their ancestral lands. This is where a wānanga on Whānau Trusts come into play & attending annual general meetings of your Trust or Incorporations so one learn's about the history of your ancestors & the land of which you are a beneficiary.
If your whānau/hapū can 'grow' your dividend cheques, by not paying out & with the aim of buying up land, this would be one postive step.
Ngā mihi

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Posted : 05 February, 2007 9:56 am
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