Ruapehu iwi Ngāti Rangi and the Crown have renewed their ‘vows’ and the Crown has promised to be a better partner.

After 173 years of what the iwi describes as 'domestic abuse' the Crown and Ngāti Rangi signed a deed of settlement, which includes an apology, financial and cultural redress for Ngāti Rangi.

Ngāti Rangi descendant Hinurewa Poutu says

“It's been a long time coming, we've needed a little counselling and therapy over the years but we're here today to renew those vows.”

Iwi lead negotiator Che Wilson says it’s a significant day for Ngāti Rangi.

“Kei te ora te ngākau kua tatū tēnei wāhanga o te hīkoi me kī, oti anō he nui tonu ngā mahi e tū nei ki mua i te aroaro, ā nā te iwi, mā ngā hapū, mā ngā whānau mātou e tautoko, e ārahi hoki e tohu mai, me pēhea me pēhea, oti anō e oranga ngākau kua tūhono tahi anō ki te karauna i roto i tēnei rā.”

It’s the first treaty settlement signing for Minister of Treaty Negotiations, Andrew Little.

“I picked up where Chris Finlayson left off; he did a wonderful job, so it's an honour for me to be able to close up the mahi that he has started. For me, it just reminds me of just how significant the treaty settlements are. It is about redress, but it's also about laying that foundation for the future.”

Besides the Crown's apology, Ngāti Rangi will receive $17 million in financial redress, Ohakune and Waiōuru police stations will be leased back to the Crown and Karioi Forest Land.

Wilson says late elders such as Matiu Mareikura, Sir Archie Taiaroa and John Tahuparae were remembered today as they were instrumental in the iwi reaching this significant historical milestone.

“Kei te ora rātou - kei kōnei rātou - kei te rongo i te wairua e pupuhi nei te hau, e whiti mai nei te rā, nā reira e oranga ngākau kei kōnei ngā mātua, kua ora mai rātou, kua maranga mai rātou i te pō kia piri tahi mai ki ngā uri i roto i tēnei rā.”

Little also acknowledged the Ngāti Rangi elders.

“I acknowledge all of those Ngāti Rangi tūpuna who worked so hard for your iwi, but passed on before they were able to witness to the Crown's apology. Ngāti Rangi, today I assure you, where you go, we go together.”

Rukutia Te Mana is expected to be legislated in 12 months’ time.