So we have continued to increase the pace of resolving claims and, have now completed settlements for the majority of New Zealand.
By the end of 2017, there will only be around 10 negotiations yet to start. By 2020, the remaining willing and able claimant groups should have deeds of settlement
Treaty settlements provide a foundation for future prosperity and enable the resolution of historic grievances. This is good for Iwi and for New Zealand as a whole. They help Iwi unlock their economic potential, provide a boost to the regions and build a more competitive and productive economy.
We have led the way internationally with innovative approaches to settlements, such as the Whanganui River legislation. We replaced the divisive and discriminatory Foreshore and Seabed Act with the Marine and Coastal Area Act which guarantees free public access for all New Zealanders, and ensures the public foreshore and seabed can never be sold.
National recognises the importance of just and durable settlements. In 2011 we set up the Post Settlements Commitments Unit to safeguard the durability of settlements and to ensure the
Crown keeps its commitments.