Almost before the ink had dried on the agreements to sell most of Ngāi Tahu’s land to the government, one of the first breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi occurred. Immediately afterwards, the Ngāi Tahu people began pursuing a claim arising from the government’s broken promises. Partial redress was made in the first half of the 20th century, but it was not until the Waitangi Tribunal upheld most of Ngāi Tahu’s separate claims in the 1990s that the overall claim was finally settled. In this 1998 photograph Charles Crofts and Sir Tīpene O’Regan witness the passage into law of the Ngāi Tahu Settlement Claims Bill.
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