In 1995, the Crown formally acknowledged the wrongful confiscation of 1.2 million acres of Waikato land with a Treaty settlement of $170 million, signed by Queen Elizabeth II. Raupatu is the story of rangatira forging the Waikato-Tainui settlement and leading the tribe’s development over the ensuing 25 years.
Waikato has invested millions of dollars into education since the passing of the Waikato Raupatu Claims Settlements Act in 1995. The tribe was playing catchup in the education sector at the time. Out of 15 tribes it had the fewest high school and university graduates according to the Journal of the Polynesian Society. Over the past quarter of a century results are on an upwards trajectory and at post graduate level Waikato can boast a network of 100 PhD scholars.